[Python-Dev] constant/enum type in stdlib

Ben.Cottrell at nominum.com Ben.Cottrell at nominum.com
Tue Nov 23 16:37:43 CET 2010

On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 15:15:29 +0000, Michael Foord wrote:
> There are still two reasonable APIs (unless you have changed your mind 
> and think that sticking with plain integers is best), of which I prefer 
> the latter:
> SOME_CONST = Constant('SOME_CONST', 1)
> OTHER_CONST = Constant('OTHER_CONST', 2)
> or:
> Constants = make_constants('Constants', 'SOME_CONST OTHER_CONST', start=1)

I prefer the latter too, because that makes it possible to have
'Constants' be a rendezvous point for making sure that you're
passing something valid. Perhaps using 'in':

def func(foo):
    if foo not in Constants:
        raise ValueError('foo must be SOME_CONST or OTHER_CONST')

I know this is probably not going to happen, but I would *so much*
like it if functions would start rejecting "the wrong kind of 2".
Constants that are valid, integer-wise, but which aren't part of
the set of constants allowed for that argument. I'd prefer not to
think of the number of times I've made the following mistake:

s = socket.socket(socket.SOCK_DGRAM, socket.AF_INET)


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