tjreedy at udel.edu
Mon Jul 6 23:50:08 EDT 2009
> "There is real value in having a small language."
> Guido van Rossum, 2007.07.03
> So there.
small != minimal
> BTW, that's just one example. I've seen similar sentiments expressed
> by Guido over and over and over: any new proposed enhancement to
> Python must be good enough in his mind to justify cluttering the
> language. That attitude counts as minimalism in my book.
> The best explanation I have found so far for re.match is that it
> is an unfortunate bit of legacy, something that would not be there
> if the design of Python did not have to be mindful of keeping old
> code chugging along...
It is possible that someone proposed removing re.match for 3.0, but I do
not remember any such discussion. Some things were dropped when that
contraint was (teporarily) dropped.
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