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Author petr.viktorin
Recipients barry, ethan.furman, lemburg, petr.viktorin, rhettinger, serhiy.storchaka, skrah
Date 2015-05-18.14:55:55
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Conceptually there's a distinction between the two cases, but you can implement one in terms of the other, so I don't think it's worth adding two functions/macros here. So let's pick the better API.

"Py_cmp_to_bool" is better if you already have a cmp-style result. Python code is full of cmp-style results, but I think a big reason is that py2 required them, and (rightly) nobody wants to rewrite the algorithms. I believe the py3 way of passing in the operator is better API.

I've seen (a - b) far too many times, which gives the right result in most but *not all* cases. (Think small floats where the difference is coerced to int for the Py_cmp_to_bool function. Or int overflow.)
The correct ways to get a cmp-style result are "(a > b) - (a < b)" or "(a < b) ? -1 : (a > b)". Do we want to add a function that requires you to write, read, and understand that?
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