2013/6/13 Merlijn van Deen <valhallasw(a)arctus.nl>nl>:
On 13 June 2013 17:07, Strainu <strainu10(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Is there some reason why the Page class does not have a getSize
function, except the fact that it's trivial to obtain it from .get() ?
I don't think there was a specific design decision not to implement it,
other than 'no-one ever needed it'. It's also not entirely clear what
means in this context: the number of characters, the number of bytes in a
What is the use case where you think it would be useful?
I needed it today in order to compute some quick and simple statistics
about a series of pages (e.g. "which were the largest deletion
discussions in a given period"). Now that I think of it, I could
probably use it to decide when I am likely to hit
Alex's usecase is also interesting, but I'm not sure it's possible - I
believe size would require an API call, which is almost as expensive
as a get() for most pages.
I think the meaning of "size" can be only one: the number of bytes, in
order to make it simple to compare with what MediaWiki is showing in
the history pages.