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

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Wed Nov 12 17:10:46 CET 2008

On Wed, Nov 12, 2008, Mark Dickinson wrote:
> 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.

What do you call Decimal?  ;-)
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