[Python-ideas] Add a builtin method to 'int' for base/radix conversion

Yuvgoog Greenle ubershmekel at gmail.com
Mon Aug 31 02:45:51 CEST 2009

I believe int(s, base) needs an inverse function to allow string
representation with different bases. An example use case is 'hashing' a
counter like video ID's on youtube, you could use a regular int internally
and publish a shorter base-62 id
for links.

This subject was discussed 2.5 years ago:

I opened a feature request ticket:

Some of the questions that remain:
1. Whether this should be a method for int or a regular function in a
standard library module like math.
2. What should the method/function be called? (base_convert, radix, etc)

What do you guys think?

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