How about adding rational fraction to Python?

Ross Ridge rridge at caffeine.csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Fri Feb 29 04:56:02 CET 2008


Ross Ridge wrote:
> You're just going to have to accept that there that there is no
> concensus on this issue and there never was.

Steven D'Aprano  <steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au> wrote:
>But that's not true.  The consensus, across the majority of people (both 
>programmers and non-programmers alike) is that 1/2 should return 0.5. 

You're deluding yourself.  If there were a concensus then this issue then
it wouldn't be so controversial.  Even the Python developers admitted
that in the documentation for Python 2.2 when the feature was first
introduced:

	(The controversy is over whether this is really a design flaw,
	and whether it's worth breaking existing code to fix this. It's
	caused endless discussions on python-dev, and in July 2001 erupted
	into an storm of acidly sarcastic postings on comp.lang.python. I
	won't argue for either side here and will stick to describing
	what's implemented in 2.2. Read PEP 238 for a summary of arguments
	and counter-arguments.)

The decision to change Python's behavior wasn't made by consensus,
or by popular vote.  It was made by fiat.

						Ross Ridge

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