[Python-Dev] What level of detail wanted for import and the language reference?

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Tue Mar 17 17:46:43 CET 2009

On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 06:55, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:

> Steve Holden wrote:
> > Why not just put a section in both places that says "can't be bothered
> > to spell this out right now" and put a URL in referring to this thread
> > on Google ... that appears to have been the traditional approach to
> > import semantics :)
> Well, first we point to Guido's original package essay, then to PEP 302,
> then to PEP 338, then to PEP 366... and then we count the number of
> people that slogged through all that without needing to take our shoes
> off :)

The See Also section in importlib probably has the most links of any other
module in the stdlib.

> On a more helpful note, Brett, you may find the write-up I did of the
> import system a year or two ago helpful:
> http://svn.python.org/view/sandbox/trunk/userref/ODF/Chapter07_ModulesAndApplications.odt?view=log
> (some parts are a little dated now obviously, but you may still find it
> better than starting with a blank page)

I'll have a look.

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