[Python-Dev] Best practices for Enum

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Mon May 13 16:19:38 CEST 2013

On May 12, 2013, at 04:49 PM, Raymond Hettinger wrote:

>After the long design effort for the enum module, I'm sure there will be a
>forthcoming effort to apply them pervasively throughout the standard library.

We usually, explicitly, try not to do such wholesale adoptions in the stdlib
when new features land.  This is almost always a good idea in order to gain
more experience with the new feature, reduce code churn (and thus the
introduction of bugs), and aid in back/forward porting.

It seems entirely reasonable to me to be just as conservative about adoption
of enums in the stdlib.

As Eli mentions, making the socket constants enums seems like a good test


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