[Python-Dev] Re: Ye don't be needin' these!

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Wed Mar 23 17:04:07 CET 2005

Herman Toothrot wrote:
> Avast!  Why be there builtins divmod and pow, when operators **, /, and 
> % should be good enough for ya?  It runs counter to TOOWTDI, I be 
> thinking.  Arr.

Well, divmod(x, y) does both / and % in one shot, which can be very 
useful. pow(x, y[, z]) has an optional third argument ((x**y) % z), 
which is necessary for really large numbers like the ones you play with 
in cryptography.

Robert Kern
rkern at ucsd.edu

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