[Python-Dev] Divorcing str and unicode (no more implicit conversions).
mwh at python.net
Mon Oct 3 10:43:06 CEST 2005
Martin Blais <blais at furius.ca> writes:
> What if we could completely disable the implicit conversions between
> unicode and str? In other words, if you would ALWAYS be forced to
> call either .encode() or .decode() to convert between one and the
> other... wouldn't that help a lot deal with that issue?
I don't know. I've made one or two apps safe against this and it's
mostly just annoying.
> How hard would that be to implement?
> Would it break a lot of code? Would some people want that? (I know
> I would, at least for some of my code.) It seems to me that this
> would make the code more explicit and force the programmer to become
> more aware of those conversions. Any opinions welcome.
I'm not sure it's a sensible default.
It is never worth a first class man's time to express a majority
opinion. By definition, there are plenty of others to do that.
-- G. H. Hardy
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