[Python-ideas] a set of enum.Enum values rather than the construction of bit-sets as the "norm"?

Neil Girdhar mistersheik at gmail.com
Tue Dec 26 18:28:34 EST 2017

Wouldn't it be more pythonic to just pass flags to re.compile as Boolean 
keyword arguments?

On Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 3:07:52 PM UTC-5, Paddy3118 wrote:
> Maybe it is time to deemphasize the creation and passing of what is, in 
> effect, bit-sets <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit_array>as a single 
> argument, and instead promote the passing of a set of members of an 
> enum.Enum <https://docs.python.org/3/library/enum.html> constants.
> Thi comes about because someone wrote a description, (since deleted), of 
> constructing bit-sets to use in passing flags to, for example, the 
> re.compile <https://docs.python.org/3/library/re.html#re.compile>function. 
> The use of individual bits in a bit-array/bit-set to pass multiple flags is 
> an implementation detail. Should we not *first *teach the passing of a 
> set of enum.Enum constant values in one argument as the *pythonic *way; 
> and leave bit-sets and other types of enum's as a performance or 
> interoperability detail?
> Comments please, (And a happy new year to you :-)
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