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

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Mon Aug 18 00:48:08 CEST 2014

On 18 Aug 2014 08:04, "Markus Unterwaditzer" <markus at unterwaditzer.net>
> On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 05:41:10PM -0400, Barry Warsaw wrote:
> > I think the biggest API "problem" is that default iteration returns
> > 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
> > instead of integers though.  Given that we can't change __iter__(), I
> > personally would perhaps prefer a simple .bytes property over which if
> > iterated you would receive bytes, e.g.
> I'd rather be for a .bytes() method, to match the .values(), and .keys()
> methods on dictionaries.

Calling it bytes is too confusing:

    for x in bytes(data):

    for x in bytes(data).bytes()

When referring to bytes, which bytes do you mean, the builtin or the method?

iterbytes() isn't especially attractive as a method name, but it's far more
explicit about its purpose.


> -- Markus
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