Future division patch available (PEP 238)

Christian Tanzer tanzer at swing.co.at
Thu Aug 16 16:25:16 CEST 2001

"Anders J. Munch" <andersjm at dancontrol.dk> wrote:

> Another option would be to add a new infix operator to the language
> with the same precedence as /. Something with a long clunky name, like
> "__oldstyle_divide__", whose only raison d'être is compatibility
> hacks. Changing
>     E1 / E2
> to
>     E1 __oldstyle_divide__ E2
> doesn't require deep parsing.

Do you really want to replace things like

    """...text and/or more text..."""


    """...text and__oldstyle_divide__or more text..."""


OTOH, literal strings like "period / 2" might need replacement. And
how about comments?

Applying brute force replacement to Python code is rarely a good idea. 

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