[Python-Dev] partition() (was: Remove str.find in 3.0?)

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Tue Aug 30 20:19:24 CEST 2005

On Tue, 2005-08-30 at 12:39, Michael Chermside wrote:
> Michael Hoffman writes:
> > Dare I ask whether the uncompiled versions [of re object methods] should
> > be considered for removal in Python 3.0?

> No flames here, but I'd rather leave them. The docs make it clear that
> the two sets of functions/methods are equivalent, so the conceptual
> overhead is small (at least it doesn't scale with the number of methods
> in re). The docs make it clear that the compiled versions are faster, so
> serious users should prefer them. But the uncompiled versions are
> preferable in one special situation: short simple scripts -- the kind
> of thing often done with shell scriping except that Python is Better (TM).
> For these uses, performance is irrelevent and it turns a 2-line
> construct into a single line.

Although it's mildly annoying that the docs describe the compiled method
names in terms of the uncompiled functions.  I always find myself
looking up the regexp object's API only to be shuffled off to the
module's API and then having to do the argument remapping myself.


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