[Python-Dev] RE: Nested scopes resolution -- you can breathe

Mikael Olofsson mikael at isy.liu.se
Fri Feb 23 05:21:06 EST 2001

On 23-Feb-05 Fredrik Lundh wrote:
 >  Mikael Olofsson wrote:
 > > from __future__ import *
 >  I wouldn't do that: it imports both "warnings_are_errors" and
 >  "from_import_star_is_evil", and we've found that it's impossible
 >  to catch ParadoxErrors in a platform independent way.

Naturally. More seriously though, I like 

    from __future__ import something

as an idiom. It gives us a clear reusable syntax to incorporate new 
features before they are included in the standard distribution. It is
not obvious to me that the proposed alternative

    import __something__

is a way to incorporate something new.

Perhaps Py3k should allow

    from __past__ import something

to give us a way to keep some functionality from 2.* that has been 
(will be) changed in Py3k.

explicit-is-better-than-implicit-ly y'rs


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Date:    23-Feb-01
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