9 PEP 328: Multi-line Imports

One language change is a small syntactic tweak aimed at making it easier to import many names from a module. In a from module import names statement, names is a sequence of names separated by commas. If the sequence is very long, you can either write multiple imports from the same module, or you can use backslashes to escape the line endings like this:

from SimpleXMLRPCServer import SimpleXMLRPCServer,\

The syntactic change in Python 2.4 simply allows putting the names within parentheses. Python ignores newlines within a parenthesized expression, so the backslashes are no longer needed:

from SimpleXMLRPCServer import (SimpleXMLRPCServer,

The PEP also proposes that all import statements be absolute imports, with a leading "." character to indicate a relative import. This part of the PEP is not yet implemented, and will have to wait for Python 2.5 or some other future version.

See Also:

PEP 328, Imports: Multi-Line and Absolute/Relative
Written by Aahz. Multi-line imports were implemented by Dima Dorfman.

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