Comparison with Ruby ?
johann at physics.berkeley.edu
Fri Feb 23 15:28:17 EST 2001
Moshe Zadka writes:
> Numbers are numbers: I shouldn't care about how to store numbers in
> machine-level integers more then I should care how to reallocate lists.
> This PEP is a bit backwards incompatible, but in my not so humble opinion,
> I think it does have a good chance of being in Py3K.
I just read that; looks nice. Inspired by Scheme? Then again, it's
not suprising that I like it; at least someone's Python humor file
quotes me twice going off on the same issue. I'll have to be more
circumspect this time. :-)
In any case, as someone who does a lot of numerics, I've got to say
that folding this under "numbers are numbers" is unwholesome. Inexact
numbers are not exact numbers. That lets the number-crunchers use
their types happily.
Integers (fixnums) and rationals and bignums, on the other hand, are
"numbers" and there should be no walls between them.
Johann Hibschman johann at physics.berkeley.edu
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