[Python-Dev] Got None. Maybe Some?

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Dec 22 12:33:55 EST 2003

> None is handy and I like it, but it's arbitrary enough in some cases
> that it takes time to get used to its quirks (e.g., why is a value
> that's "not really there" considered to be false?  why not?
> sometimes that's what you want; sometimes you'd rather get an
> exception; None picks an arbitrary answer and sticks to it), so I
> don't want see more things like it proliferate (one is enough -- but
> not too many <wink>).

None inherits most of its semantics from C's NULL -- that's where None
being false comes from.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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