[Python-ideas] Namespaces and modules [was Deprecate the round builtin]
greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Tue Oct 2 01:07:05 CEST 2012
Mark Adam wrote:
> It's not like you can do "import __builtins__" in the interpreter,
But you *can* do "import __builtin__".
Also, "sys" is created at interpreter startup and doesn't correspond
to any disk file, but we don't seem to mind calling it a module and
using the same import syntax to access it.
The only difference I can see with these proposed namespace things is
that they would be pre-bound to names in the builtin namespace.
> But, it's as if you're
> going on a road trip, you want to travel efficient and light -- what
> you include in your backpack ("interpreter environment") is your
> "builtin" and everything else you'll "buy"/import on the road.
> Modules are those things on the road.
The sys module violates this taxonomy -- it's already in your
backpack, just tucked away in a paper bag that you need to open
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