PEP 354: Enumerations in Python

greg greg at
Wed Mar 1 10:28:17 CET 2006

Giovanni Bajo wrote:

> What's the repr of an enumeration value? OTOH, it should be something like
> "", so that eval(repr()) holds true. Also, it'd be very useful in
> debug dumps, tracebacks and whatnot.

That would be nice, but I don't think that's possible
with what the PEP proposes, because in

   Weekdays = enum('mon', 'tue', etc...)

there's no way for the enum object to know that it's
meant to be called 'Weekdays'.

A constructor argument could be added for this, but
then you end up having to write the name twice,
making the construct far less elegant.

Maybe *this* is a good argument for making the enum
object a class?

Or maybe it's an argument for allowing decorators
to operate on things other than functions, so you
could write something like

Weekdays = ('mon', 'tue', etc...)


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