Detecting __future__ features

Neil Cerutti horpner at
Mon Jul 30 15:02:17 CEST 2007

On 2007-07-30, André <andre.roberge at> wrote:
> On Jul 30, 9:39 am, Neil Cerutti <horp... at> wrote:
>> I don't understand the qualification, "at runtime," you're
>> making. What's wrong with just importing what you want and
>> using it? If it's already been enabled, no harm will come from
>> the import statement.
> I'm not the OP, so perhaps I am missing his intent. However, I
> can see a good reason for asking this question.
> I seem to recall that the "from __future__ import" statement
> can only be done at the beginning of a script.  What if you are
> designing a module meant to be imported, and used by other
> programs over which you have no control?   You can't use "from
> __future__ import" in your module.  So, you may have to find a
> way to figure out what's been done.  (the example given with
> the division operator is a good one).

Is "from __future__ import" really that lame?

Neil Cerutti
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