PEP 354: Enumerations in Python

Peter Maas peter.maas at
Wed Mar 1 23:30:25 CET 2006

Paul Rubin schrieb:
>> But if you have a good usage case for an empty enum, please feel free
>> to tell us.
> Do you have a good usage case for the number
> 647574296340241173406516439806634217274336603815968998799147348150763731 ?

Yes, it could be the value of my property in any currency :) But your
argument is wrong. There's no logical or even aesthetical reason to
have empty enums. An empty set is an instance of the set type like 0
or your big number are instances of the integer type and are neccessary
to make some operations complete. But an empty enum is a *type* without
values, therefore a type that cannot be instantiated i.e. a useless

I don't like Python enums at all. It is kind of "I want to have that
C++ thing, too". In Python enums can be emulated so there's no need
to have syntactical support for them.

Peter Maas, Aachen

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