other python ideas

Laurent POINTAL pointal at lure.u-psud.fr
Thu May 25 07:07:20 EDT 2000

On Wed, 24 May 2000 08:18:03 +1000, "Arnold deVos"
<adv at langdale.com.au> wrote:

>: The real problem is that a module exports all the symbols it has imported.
>: This sometimes creates a chain of unintentional dependencies between
>: modules - a bit like the sort of thing that happens with .h files in C.
>: e.g. if I forgot to import string, my code might still work because I import
>: x that imports y that imports string.  No amount of testing can reveal this
>: error.  Later someone changes the implementation of y, removing string.
>: Later still, I run my previously tested code and the error is unexpectedly
>: (confusingly) revealed.

In our modules, we use the following syntax to avoid publication of
imported symbols (copied from... I dont remember which Python source):

import string
_string = string
del string

And we always prefix string operation functions by _string.



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