[Python-Dev] other "magic strings" issues
Guido van Rossum
guido at python.org
Fri Nov 7 12:35:26 EST 2003
> > Yes, that would be good. Is there anything besides maketrans() in the
> > string module worth saving? (IMO letters and digits etc. are not --
> > you can use s.isletter() etc. for that.)
> I'm not following, are you saying we don't need string.ascii_letters and
> friends any more?
Hm, I'd forgotten about ascii_letters. It would make a beautiful
class attribute of str.
I *do* think that we don't need string.letters -- the only use for it
I've seen is checking if a character is in that string, and
c.isletter() is faster. But if someone has a use case for it that
isn't argued away, I'd be okay with seeing it reincarnated as a class
attribute of str too.
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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