Future division patch available (PEP 238)

Paul Winkler slinkp23 at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 27 18:40:31 CEST 2001


Stephen Horne wrote:
> 
> On Wed, 25 Jul 2001 16:31:38 GMT, Paul Winkler
> <paul at calendargalaxy.com> wrote:
> 
> >> - Just a wild idea: the problem you want to solve is that the existing
> >>   division operator mixes two totally different meanings and thus
> >>   leads to nasty surprises.
(snip)

I didn't write that, that was Christian Tanzer's idea.

I did write this:
> >thought the whole point of the PEP was to make division behave consistently -
> >that is, always return the same type of result regardless of the operands.
> 
> No - that would require many more division operators. Consider complex
> division, division with classes (such as matrix division) etc.

OK, thanks for the clarification.
Perhaps I should have just said "...make division behave MORE consistently."


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