Philipp von Weitershausen wrote:
Chris Withers wrote:
Is deferredimport handy for dealing with circular import problems,


Is this it's primary reason for existence?

  Often, especially for package modules, you want to import names for
  convenience, but not actually perform the imports until necessary.
  The zope.deferredimport package provided facilities for defining names
  in modules that will be imported from somewhere else when used.  You
  can also cause deprecation warnings to be issued when a variable is
  used, but we'll get to that later.

Well, this says what it does but not why it was written...

(Btw, this thread has nothing to do with the development *of* Zope and

That's not strictly speaking true ;-)

I bumped into zope.deferredimport while reading the code in zope.component's which uses zope.deferredimport quite heavilly... however, the comment for r67110 suggests the creation of zope.component._api was due to circular import problems.

If zope.deferredimport solves these problems, why was ._api needed?



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