Underscores in Python numbers

bearophileHUGS at lycos.com bearophileHUGS at lycos.com
Sat Nov 19 19:01:22 CET 2005

Roy Smith>We already have a perfectly good syntax for entering octal
and hex integers,

There is this syntax:
1536 == int("600", 16)
that accepts strings only, up to a base of 36.
There are the hex() and oct() functions.
There is the %x and %o sintax, that isn't easy to remember.
There are the 0x600 and 0600 syntaxes that probably look good only from
the point of view of a C programmer.
I think some cleaning up, with a simpler and more consistent and
general way of converting bases, can be positive. But probably no one
shares this point of view, and compatibility with C syntax is probably
positive, so you are right. I am still learning the correct way of
thinking in python.


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