[Python-Dev] PEP 3144: IP Address Manipulation Library for the Python Standard Library

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 12:02:19 CEST 2009

Joel Bender wrote:
> Nick Coghlan wrote:
>> Maybe this is something that differs by country, but I have *never*
>> heard the first address in an IP network (i.e. every bit not covered by
>> the netmask set to zero) referred to as anything other than the "network
>> address".
> Ah!  A change to interject a mostly pointless comment...
> Prior to IEN-212 [1] it wasn't standardized, the 'zero' was used and
> supported by the Berkeley socket library.  This was a number of years
> ago, however (!), and I dare say the sample code is lost to antiquity.

Ah, that would be me showing my (lack of) age then :)

I was still six years or so away from getting my first computer and more
than 15 years away from any formal networking training when that note
was published...


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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