[Python-ideas] Python 3000 TIOBE -3%

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Sat Feb 11 11:47:44 CET 2012

On 11 February 2012 00:07, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
>>>  Nor is there in 3.x.
> I view that claim as FUD, at least for many users, and at least until the
> persons making the claim demonstrate it. In particular, I claim that people
> who use Python2 knowing nothing of unicode do not need to know much more to
> do the same things in Python3.

Concrete example, then.

I have a text file, in an unknown encoding (yes, it does happen to
me!) but opening in an editor shows it's mainly-ASCII. I want to find
all the lines starting with a '*'. The simple

with open('myfile.txt') as f:
    for line in f:
        if line.startswith('*'):

fails with encoding errors. What do I do? Short answer, grumble and go
and use grep (or in more complex cases, awk) :-(


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