Automatic import PEP

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Fri Oct 6 15:54:23 CEST 2006


Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
> In message <mailman.540.1159128784.10491.python-list at python.org>, Robert
> Kern wrote:
> 
>> Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
>>> In message <mailman.491.1158981359.10491.python-list at python.org>,
>>> Connelly Barnes wrote:
>>>
>>>> The main point of autoimp is to make usage of the interactive Python
>>>> prompt more productive by including "from autoimp import *" in the
>>>> PYTHONSTARTUP file.
>>> The main problem I have with your idea is that any kind of import
>>> statement with wildcards in it automatically starts my bogosity meter
>>> flashing its "RED ALERT" sign and clanging all its alarm bells.
>> "from ... import *" was *designed* for interactive use, which is exactly
>> what Connelly is suggesting. It's not a bad thing in that context.
> 
> But there is nothing in the language that constrains its use to that
> context, is there?

No. What's your point?

Connelly Barnes states that the main point of autoimp is to make usage of the 
interactive prompt better by including "from autoimp import *" into a 
PYTHONSTARTUP file. That file is only executed for interactive sessions. He's 
not suggesting that people do "from autoimp import *" in their modules.

-- 
Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco




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