[Python-Dev] n.numbits: method or property?

Mark Dickinson dickinsm at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 17:07:52 CET 2008

On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 3:15 PM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:

> As for numbits, I think it should be a method, because while it's very fast for
> the current implementation of longs, it could be longer to calculate for a long
> implementation using something other than a power-of-2 base.

Right:  numbits is only a natural property of a *binary* integer.

On the other hand, I can't realistically see Python ever adopting a
non power-of-two based implementation.


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