[Python-ideas] Allow multiple imports from a package while preserving its namespace

Julian DeMille julian.demille at demilletech.net
Tue May 22 12:46:40 EDT 2018

The fact of explicit dependency noting is why I suggested something that
explicitly defines multiple imports in one line

On Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 9:28 PM Greg Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz>

> Nick Coghlan wrote:
> > I find the imports at the top of the file to be a nice
> > catalog of external dependencies.
> Not only is it useful for human readers, it's also useful
> for packaging tools such as py2exe that need to know which
> modules are being used.
> I experimented once with auto-importing in PyGUI, but in
> the end I dropped it, partly because of this consideration.
> There were other problems with it as well. I don't recall
> all the details, but I think one issue is that any errors
> resulting from an import triggered by an attribute access
> get masked and turned into an AttributeError, making them
> very confusing to diagnose.
> Also, importing requires acquisition of the import lock,
> which could cause problems in a multithreaded environment
> if it happens at unpredictable times.
> For these reasons I'm inclined to regard auto-importing
> as an anti-pattern -- it seems like it should be a good
> idea, but it leads to more problems than it solves.
> --
> Greg
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