[Python-ideas] New explicit methods to trim strings

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Mar 25 10:43:27 EDT 2019

On Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 7:30 AM Rhodri James <rhodri at kynesim.co.uk> wrote:

> On 25/03/2019 12:01, Jonathan Fine wrote:
> > Chris Angelico asked: what does a negative string look like?
> >
> > This is a very good question. It looks a bit like a negative number.
> They really don't.  Negative numbers are well defined in terms of being
> the additive inverse of natural numbers.  String concatenation doesn't
> have a well-defined inverse, as you demonstrated by not actually trying
> to define it.  It strikes me that following this line of reasoning is at
> best a category error.

I assume the whole proposal was a pastiche of the proposal to add a +
operator for dictionaries. Jonathan needs to come clean before more people
waste their time discussing this.

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)
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