namespace for released packages?

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at
Sun Jul 18 22:42:46 CEST 2004

Alex Hunsley wrote:
> What is the python convention for namespaces of released packages? In 
> Java you'd write your domain name (if you have one) backwards, this:
> ... thus ensuring uniqueness. Is it the same for Python?

No. If a Python library is released as a package, the author choses
a package name that is unlikely to collide. Typically, such a name
is readily available, as the project team developing the package has
found a "product name" already. That product name stays with the package
even if the affiliation of the authors changes.

I find the Java convention evil - it brings into source code affiliation
information which really doesn't belong there. Instead, package authors
should come up with names that uniquely identify their software in the
first place.


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