[Python-Dev] Re: Missing arguments in RE functions

Edward Loper edloper at gradient.cis.upenn.edu
Fri Sep 10 21:59:31 CEST 2004

> Right now, there are some things you can do with the RE functions
> and a DIFFERENT set of things you can do with the compiled REs.
> That's TWO sets of functionality to learn. If Noam's patch can
> make the feature set of the RE functions the SAME as the feature
> set of the compiled REs, then there's only ONE set of features to
> memorize. On the whole, there are MORE indiviual "pieces" to the
> API but because of orthogonality the API as a whole is simpler.
> Therefore in this case I favor using Noam's patch.

+1.  Consistency makes the API conceptually simpler, even if the 
absolute number of parameters is larger.


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