[Python-Dev] file() or open()?

Brett C. bac at OCF.Berkeley.EDU
Wed Jul 7 23:11:51 CEST 2004

Guido van Rossum wrote:

> 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
> class.

How is this case different from the whole unicode.encode thread and the 
worry of having different types of objects returned based on the 
argument?  I would assume that any objects returned would follow the 
file interface roughly.


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