REPOST: Re: Python 1.5.x vs Python 2.x.x

Emile van Sebille emile at
Sat Dec 29 11:06:47 EST 2001

"James T. Dennis" <jadestar at> wrote in message
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> Paul Rubin <phr-n2001d at> wrote:
> > "Fredrik Lundh" <fredrik at> writes:
> >>> Not bugs per se unless perfect backward compatibility was
> >>> an overriding concern.
> >> it isn't.
> > It's a bug if something is gratuitously, unnecessarily incompatible,
> > like "rand" disappearing.  What was the reason for that?
>  While that topic has come up: I find whrandom to be an unsightly
>  name for accessing a set of functions which is so commonly accessed
>  by novice students.  What was wrong with must calling it rand or
>  random?  Is it pure pedantry?

whrandom now exists for backwards compatibility purposes and is scheduled
for deprecation (is this a word? ;-)

Use random.


Emile van Sebille
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