[Python-Dev] / as path join operator (was: Re: The path module PEP)
John J Lee
jjl at pobox.com
Thu Jan 26 00:48:12 CET 2006
On Thu, 26 Jan 2006, Tony Meyer wrote:
> Well, if you include the much larger discussion on python-list,
> people (including me) have said that removing __div__ is a good
> idea. If it's included in the PEP, please at least include a
> justification and cover the problems with it. The vast majority of
> people (at least at the time) were either +0 or -0, not +1. +0's are
> not justification for including something.
FWLIW, I'm definitely +1 on using / as a path join operator.
> * It's being used to mean "join", which is the exact opposite
> of /'s other meaning ("divide").
But it's a very readable way to write a common operation. Perhaps one
reason the discrepancy you point out doesn't bother me is that division is
the least-used of the +-*/ arithmetic operations.
Also, &, | and ^ seem like some sort of precedent, to my brain (if they
don't to yours, that's fine and I believe you ;-).
> * Python's not Perl. We like using functions and not symbols.
I think this is a tasteful, if not parsimonious, use of a symbol.
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