Import Doesn't Import

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Fri Oct 17 00:56:03 CEST 2014

On 16/10/2014 23:28, Joel Goldstick wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 5:29 PM, Emile van Sebille <emile at> wrote:
>> On 10/15/2014 5:40 PM, ryguy7272 wrote:
>>> ImportError: No module named 'urllib2'
>>> I'm telling Python to import because it doesn't exist and it throws an
>>> error.  I don't get it; I just don't get it.  If I'm working with R, I can
>>> import thousands of libraries with no errors whatsoever.  With Python, I
>>> just get thousands of errors with nothing working whatsoever.  I totally
>>> don't understand this language.  Import means import.  Right.  WTF!!!!!
>> So, maybe Import doesn't mean import -- perhaps you expect import to
>> retrieve content from the web and make it importable(1). That's not what
>> python's import does. Python's version looks for a local module to import.
>> I'd suggest starting with the tutorial.
>> Emile
>> (1) which would imply execution of arbitrary code.
>> --
> requests is a better choice than urllib

To an experienced user yes, to an inexperienced OP who can't even run a 
Python program without help a very emphatic no.

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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