ethical questions about global variables

Yinon Ehrlich at
Tue Dec 16 15:39:15 CET 2008

On Dec 16, 4:45 am, "Giampaolo Rodola'" <gne... at> wrote:
> Hi,
> in a module of mine ( I'd want to add a (boolean) global
> variable named "use_gmt_times" to decide whether the server has to
> return times in GMT or localtime but I'm not sure if it is a good idea
> because of the "ethical" doubts I'm gonna write below.
> In first place I've never liked global variables too much and always
> preferred per-class-instance variables instead.
> The problem in my case is that I have to use such variable in two
> separated classes: FTPHandler and VirtualFileSystem. Also, I want that
> for no reason one class uses times in GMT and the other one local
> times.
> Another doubt is the naming convention. PEP-8 states that global
> variables should use the lower_case_naming_convention but I've seen a
> lot of library module using the UPPER_CASE_NAMING_CONVENTION. What am
> I supposed to do about it?
> Thanks in advance for any comment.
> --- Giampaolo

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