namespace for released packages?

Alex Hunsley lard at
Mon Jul 19 02:20:06 CEST 2004

Martin v. Löwis wrote:

> 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.

So in my case, it would be sufficient to place all my code in a package 
named after the product? (in my case, 'Pypreweb', which hasn't been 
taken, I've checked.)

> 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.
> Regards,
> Martin

I suppose the affiliation information could be a tripping point - e.g. 
if someone else takes ownership of the product, the package name (if 
derived from a doman name etc) would no longer be appropriate!


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