Beautiful Python

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at
Tue Dec 27 19:14:06 CET 2005

"Gekitsuu" wrote:

> That is part of what I was asking but I was also hoping to hear the
> common wisdom so to speak. When I posted I had considered the idea for
> a bit and the situations people have mentioned were similar to the
> scenario I came up with as a good time to break such a rule. My
> hypothetical situation was as follows. I'm writing a new generic SQL
> module and I want to make it so I only call the appropriate module for
> the type of SQL server I'm talking to. Then it would make sense to
> load, for instance, the mysql module and not the sqlite, postgresql,
> etc. But should it be part of the PEP to include what to do in a
> situation were it makes sense to break the rule? Something like if an
> import needs to be in a location other than the top of the module
> because of conditions determining if it will be loaded, there should be
> a comment at the top of the module where the other imports are declared
> stating what is loaded, why it is elsewhere, and a general idea of
> where it is. Something like..
> # import mysql_module
> # This is imported in the useMysql() function and is only imported if
> needed
> I looked for a way to make a suggestion to the PEP but it wasn't
> obvious to me from the link how you'd do it.

the PEP has enough silly rules as it is; no need to add even more

(why would anyone interested in what your useMysql function is doing
waste any time reading comments at the top of the file ?  you're over-
doing things.  don't do that; that's not pythonic)


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