[Python-Dev] Fwd: PEP 467: Minor API improvements for bytes & bytearray

Markus Unterwaditzer markus at unterwaditzer.net
Sun Aug 17 23:55:47 CEST 2014

On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 05:41:10PM -0400, Barry Warsaw wrote:
> I think the biggest API "problem" is that default iteration returns integers
> instead of bytes.  That's a real pain.

I agree, this behavior required some helper functions while porting Werkzeug to
Python 3 AFAIK.

> I'm not sure .iterbytes() is the best name for spelling iteration over bytes
> instead of integers though.  Given that we can't change __iter__(), I
> personally would perhaps prefer a simple .bytes property over which if you
> iterated you would receive bytes, e.g.

I'd rather be for a .bytes() method, to match the .values(), and .keys()
methods on dictionaries.

-- Markus

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