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

Paddy3118 paddy3118 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 31 03:13:28 EST 2017

Hmm, yea I had not thought of how it would look - I had thought formost of 
not needing to necessarily learn about bitsets.when learning about passing 
a large number of optional flags to a function.

Although the default could be None, interpreted as an empty set of zero 
values.; a set of one or more enums does use more characters compared to 
or-ing flags...

On Sunday, 31 December 2017 05:34:23 UTC, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 8:50 PM, Franklin? Lee <leewangzh... at gmail.com 
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>> Paddy might want something like this:
>> - For existing APIs which take int or IntFlag flags, allow them to
>> also take a set (or perhaps any collection) of flags.
>> - In new APIs, take sets of Enum flags, and don't make them IntFlag.
>> - Documentation should show preference toward using sets of Enum
>> flags. Tutorials should pass sets.
> I'm not keen on this recommendation. An argument that takes a Set[Foo] 
> would mean that in order to specify:
> - no flags: you'd have to pass set() -- you can't use {} since that's an 
> empty dict, not an empty set
> - one flag: you'd have to pass {Foo.BAR} rather than just Foo.BAR
> - two flags: you'd have to pass {Foo.BAR, Foo.BAZ} rather than Foo.BAR | 
> Foo.BAZ
> I think for each of these the proposal would be strictly worse than the 
> current convention.
> -- 
> --Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)
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