PyWart: "Python's import statement and the history of external dependencies"

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Mon Nov 24 11:34:40 CET 2014

On 24/11/2014 06:25, Rick Johnson wrote:
> On Sunday, November 23, 2014 4:37:53 PM UTC-6, Gregory Ewing wrote:
>> Chris Angelico wrote:
>>> Just out of curiosity, why does the stdlib need modules
>>> for manipulating .wav and other sound files, but we have
>>> to go to PyPI to get a PostgreSQL client?
>> I suspect it's mainly for historical reasons. The wave
>> module has been around since the very early days of
>> Python when the stldib was smaller and the barrier
>> to entry was lower. By today's standards, it probably
>> wouldn't make it in.
> Immigration policies evolve basically in the same manner.
> When a country is founded in a land which is sparsely
> populated, naturally the state will welcome any and all
> immigrants (as noted in the "New Colossus"), but as the
> population becomes more and more dense, the natural (and
> wise) reaction is to limit, or even prohibit, the influx of
> migrants.

The Native Americans are no doubt regretting their decision to "welcome 
any and all immigrants".  Would they have made the same decision using 
Python which obviously wouldn't have been available at that time?

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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