Annoying octal notation

Derek Martin code at pizzashack.org
Fri Aug 21 22:44:14 CEST 2009


On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 08:25:45PM +0000, Benjamin Peterson wrote:
> > More than flushing out bugs, it will *cause* them in ubiquity,
> > requiring likely terabytes of code to be poured over and fixed.
> 
> 2to3, however, can fix it for you extreme easily.

Sure, but that won't stop people who've been writing code for 20 years
from continuing to type octal that way...  Humans can learn fairly
easily, but UN-learning is often much harder, especially when the
behavior to be unlearned is still very commonly in use.

Anyway, whatever.  This change (along with a few of the other
seemingly arbitrary changes in 3.x) is annoying, but Python is still
one of the best languages to code in for any multitude of problems.

-- 
Derek D. Martin
http://www.pizzashack.org/
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