Documentation suggestions

Colin J. Williams cjw at sympatico.ca
Tue Dec 6 21:25:23 CET 2005


Carl Friedrich Bolz wrote:
> skip at pobox.com wrote:
> 
>>     Ian> A test suite seems far more useful to implementors than any 
>> guide,
>>
>> Of course, test cases can be modified or ignored.  I'd agree with you 
>> if we
>> had a test suite that was more strongly cast in stone.
> 
> 
> hum. a test suite like that would have to be constructed very carefully. 
> The current CPython testsuite tests quite some things that are obviously 
> implementation details. For example test_itertools.py checks that izip 
> reuses tuples (which means changing them) when the refcount is 1. This 
> is something which does not quite work in an implementation using a 
> different GC :-)
> 
> Although on the other hand a short poll revealed that the reference 
> manual was not considered to be the most useful source among the PyPy 
> developpers :-)
True, but the choice is between abandoning it or updating it.

I would vote for the latter.

Colin W.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Carl Friedrich Bolz
> 



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