[Python-Dev] file() or open()?
Guido van Rossum
guido at python.org
Wed Jul 7 01:09:59 CEST 2004
I recently saw a checkin that changed a call to open() into a call to
file(), suggesting that using file() is more "politically correct"
I'm not sure I agree with this. While open() and file() are currently
aliases for the same object, this may not always be the case (it
certainly wasn't always the case :-). In the future, I could see
open() become a factory function again that could return an instance
of a different class depending on the mode argument, the default
encoding for files, or who knows what; but file will always remain a
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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