[Python-Dev] Purpose of Doctests [Was: Best practices for Enum]

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Mon May 20 02:14:25 CEST 2013

On Sun, 19 May 2013 20:04:03 -0400
Ned Batchelder <ned at nedbatchelder.com> wrote:
> On 5/19/2013 7:22 PM, Mark Janssen wrote:
> > On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM, Tres Seaver <tseaver at palladion.com> wrote:
> >> Hash: SHA1
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> >> On 05/19/2013 10:48 AM, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> >>> Anyway, if you're doing arithmetic on enums you're doing it wrong.
> >> Hmm, bitwise operations, even?
> > I think it's rather pointless to do bitwise operations on python
> > enums.  We're not that close to the machine.
> It makes sense if the enums represent bit-oriented values that will be 
> used close to the machine.  Python is used in many disciplines.

Then it's up to the library writer to not use enums in that case.
(assuming the performance of bitwise operations is critical here, which
I doubt)



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