Bug in string.find; was: Re: Proposed PEP: New style indexing, was Re: Bug in slice type
reinhold-birkenfeld-nospam at wolke7.net
Fri Aug 26 20:57:11 CEST 2005
Bryan Olson wrote:
> Steve Holden wrote:
> > Bryan Olson wrote:
> >> Antoon Pardon wrote:
> >> > It probably is too late now, but I always felt, find should
> >> > have returned None when the substring isn't found.
> >> None is certainly a reasonable candidate.
> >> The really broken part is that unsuccessful searches return a
> >> legal index.
> > We might agree, before further discussion, that this isn't the most
> > elegant part of Python's design, and it's down to history that this tiny
> > little wart remains.
> I don't think my proposal breaks historic Python code, and I
> don't think it has the same kind of unfortunate subtle
> consequences as the current indexing scheme. You may think the
> wart is tiny, but the duct-tape* is available so let's cure it.
> [*] http://www.google.com/search?as_q=warts+%22duct+tape%22
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at by Guido...
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