03 digression by brute force

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Tue Dec 11 22:54:14 EST 2018


On 2018-12-12 02:06, Avi Gross wrote:
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> My main point though is that a leading zero can appear including in bank account numbers, social security numbers and so on. But I accept that historically python is as it is. As I mentioned, some functions like int() can deal with them.
> 
Bank account numbers, etc, are not really numbers, but are, instead, 
identifiers. You wouldn't do arithmetic with such a number, nor should 
you store one in a integer field in a database. Dropping a leading digit 
would be like dropping a leading letter of a name.


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