Built-ins vs. modules
tim_one at email.msn.com
Tue Apr 15 06:02:05 CEST 2003
> I see from the Python Library Reference (for 2.2) that a lot of
> things which I thought required a module to be imported can also be
> accessed without doing so:
> >>> "boo".capitalize() #built-in
> >>> import string
> >>> string.capitalize("boo")
> Why import the string module if you can do the same things anyway?
Nostalgia; inertia; laziness; perverseness; whimsy; Luddism.
> The page of built in String Methods bears an uncanny resemblance to the
> page on the string module. Is there a historical reason?
Yes: string methods didn't exist before Python 1.6. The string module has
always been there.
> Are the built in type methods quite recent?
Python 1.6 was released in 2000. Whether that's quite recent depends on
whether you reckon in, say, geological time or computer time <wink>.
If you like investigating this kind of thing, see Misc/HISTORY and Misc/NEWS
in your Python distribution (the latter gets prepended to the former as the
centuries fly by).
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