[Python-ideas] Suggestion: Extend integers to include iNaN

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Sat Sep 29 21:00:53 EDT 2018

On Sat, Sep 29, 2018 at 09:43:42PM +0100, Oscar Benjamin wrote:
> On Sat, 29 Sep 2018 at 19:38, Steve Barnes <gadgetsteve at live.co.uk> wrote:

> > > I converted to int because I needed a whole number, this was intended to
> > represent some more complex process where a value is converted to a
> > whole number down in the depths of the processing.
> Your requirement to have a whole number cannot meaningfully be
> satisfied if your input is nan so an exception is the most useful
> result.

Not to Steve it isn't.

Be careful about making value judgements like that: Steve is asking for 
an integer NAN because for *him* an integer NAN is more useful than an 
exception. You shouldn't tell him that he is wrong, unless you know his 
use-case and his code, which you don't.


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