othello at javanet.com
Sat Feb 9 17:15:21 EST 2002
I think your idea warrants a PEP.
It is the place to collect:
- the pros and cons of the proposal
- what to include/exclude
- various approaches
- References. For instance, Kernighan & Pike, The Practice of Programming
devotes a full chapter to issues in building a production CSV library.
Also, there should be references to code and documentation for CSV
in other languages.
- Documentation of key design decisions. For instance, is the library
to reading various CSV formats or is write-back in the same style to be
Can the first record, contain optional field names? Will incomplete
raise an exception?
- Pointers to draft implementations so people can experiment with it.
A PEP is an ideal place to collect and document this information.
Also, an addition to the standard library is likely to be considered more
than a 'minor feature request'. Another advantage is that it will also help
focus the discussion (be prepared, life in the focus is sometimes a little
If you want a co-author, I'm game.
"Magnus Lie Hetland" <mlh at vier.idi.ntnu.no> wrote in message
news:slrna62f14.pef.mlh at vier.idi.ntnu.no...
> A little while ago I started a thread about adding CSV support to the
> standard library. There was (as expected) some controversy about this,
> but I think the idea had enough support that it might be turned into a
> formal proposal... However, I'm not sure wheter this is the sort of
> thing that should be formalised as a PEP... Any opinions in the
> matter? (Not pro/con the proposal itself... ;)
> Magnus Lie Hetland The Anygui Project
> http://hetland.org http://anygui.org
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