__author__

Peter L Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Fri Oct 1 19:35:19 CEST 2004


Michael Hoffman wrote:
> Peter L Hansen wrote:
[re __version__]
>> Very many third party packages I have installed.  It's
>> not that it is *consumed* by anything, but that it seems to
>> be a very widely used convention.
> 
> Probably because Guido suggests it in the Python Style Guide, PEP 8:
> 
> http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0008.html

Checking that page.... it appears the suggestion was more specific
than that:

"""If you have to have RCS or CVS crud in your source file, do it as
     follows.

         __version__ = "$Revision: 1.25 $"
         # $Source: /cvsroot/python/python/nondist/peps/pep-0008.txt,v $
"""

Perhaps those who have used it for a more typical version number,
ala __version__ = '1.2.34', have expanded the usage beyond what
Guido recommended.

I suspect a majority of modules actually use VERSION in preference
to __version__, maybe because many authors didn't interpret the
PEP8 comment as widely as some did.

(I've tended to use VERSION, I believe, but I'm moving towards
using a build.xml file containing a variety of meta-information
for the entire package, rather than an embedded constant.)

-Peter



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