[Python-Dev] Alternative imports (Re: Python 3 design principles)

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Sep 1 05:32:45 CEST 2005

Oren Tirosh wrote:
> Writing programs that run on both 2.x and 3 may require ugly
> version-dependent tricks like:
> try:
>     compile
> except NameError:
>     from sys import compile

Just had a weird thought. What if you could write

   from sys or __builtin__ import compile

which would be equivalent to

     from sys import compile
   except ImportError:
     from __builtin__ import compile


More information about the Python-Dev mailing list