[Python-Dev] More int/long integration issues

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Fri, 14 Mar 2003 07:16:26 -0500

> I've heard others doing number theory work, who hoped or expected it to
> work, as well.  (Typically, they wanted to use HUGE step sizes, for
> example)

As long as they wanted to use longs, that's fair.  E.g. now that we're
trying to get rid of the difference between ints and longs, something
like range(0, 2**100, 2**99) should really just work (and it better
give us [0, 2**99] :-).

> In any case, I'll get the patch submitted fairly soon, for range(). 
> Need to update the tests.

Thanks.  I had hoped to release beta1 before PyCon, but that's not
realistic.  But I'll work on it soon after.

> I'm also coding an irange() for consideration in the itertools module.
> At least an (explicit) replacement for the iteration usage (although,
> maybe not necessary if you actually do the lazy-list in "for" loop
> change.)  If people need the indexing and length operations, too, I can
> only suggest a pure python implementation (which could return an
> irange() iterator when needed).  Is that a dead-end idea, or a starter?

That's something for Raymond H.

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