[Python-Dev] [Python-checkins] peps: Pre-alpha draft for PEP 435 (enum). The name is not important at the moment, as

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Tue Feb 26 00:22:36 CET 2013

Ethan Furman wrote:
> I must admit I find it mildly amusing (but a lot frustrating) that we 
> are talk about /enumerations/ not needing to be based on ints.  Checking 
> out Merrian-Webster gives this:
> Definition of ENUMERATE
> 1
> : to ascertain the number of : count
> 2
> : to specify one after another : list

It depends on what you mean by "based on ints". Pascal
enums are using the second definition here: the values
have ints associated with them, but are not themselves

There are really two different use cases. Sometimes you
want to have values that are directly substitutable for ints;
other times you would rather not, so as to catch mistakes
more easily.


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