Cult-like behaviour [was Re: Kindness]

Jim Lee jlee54 at
Sun Jul 15 20:39:55 EDT 2018

On 07/15/18 17:18, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Sun, 15 Jul 2018 16:08:15 -0700, Jim Lee wrote:
>> Python3 is intrinsically tied to Unicode for string handling. Therefore,
>> the Python programmer is forced to deal with it (in all but trivial
>> cases), rather than given a choice.  So I don't understand how I can
>> illustrate my point with Python code since Python won't let me deal with
>> strings without also dealing with Unicode.
> Nonsense.
> b"Look ma, a Python 2 style ASCII string."

As I said, all but trivial cases.

Do you consider separating Unicode strings from byte strings, having to 
decode and encode from one to the other, and knowing which 
functions/methods accept one, the other, or both as arguments, as "not 
dealing with Unicode"?  I don't.


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