[Python-Dev] bytes.from_hex() [Was: PEP 332 revival in coordination with pep 349?]
mal at egenix.com
Fri Feb 17 14:30:14 CET 2006
Martin v. Löwis wrote:
> Josiah Carlson wrote:
>> I would agree that zip is questionable, but 'uu', 'rot13', perhaps 'hex',
>> and likely a few others that the two of you may be arguing against
>> should stay as encodings, because strictly speaking, they are defined as
>> encodings of data. They may not be encodings of _unicode_ data, but
>> that doesn't mean that they aren't useful encodings for other kinds of
>> data, some text, some binary, ...
> To support them, the bytes type would have to gain a .encode method,
> and I'm -1 on supporting bytes.encode, or string.decode.
> Why is
> any better than
The .encode() and .decode() methods are merely convenience
interfaces to the registered codecs (with some extra logic to
make sure that only a pre-defined set of return types are allowed).
It's up to the user to use them for e.g. UU-encoding or not.
The reason we have codecs for UU, zip and the others is that
you can use their StreamWriters/Readers in stackable streams.
Just because some codecs don't fit into the string.decode()
or bytes.encode() scenario doesn't mean that these codecs are
useless or that the methods should be banned.
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