[Python-Dev] PEP 318, and the PEP process
skip at pobox.com
Fri Aug 6 05:09:12 CEST 2004
>> Having said that, I don't think the lack of completed PEP is a reason
>> to back out the @ syntax from CVS. If nothing else, it being present
>> in a released alpha is giving us very real experience with the use of
>> the feature.
Dave> (FWIW, it seems that a lot of the uproar about the syntax change
Dave> is that it is being interpreted as a permanent change to the
Dave> language rather than just experimental functionality.
I early June I suggested that two different candidate syntaxes be added for
the alpha (Guido's previous before-the-def candidate and the list-after-def
syntax) precisely so people could experiment with both variants and decide
which one they liked better. Guido shot it down immediately:
He was probably mostly averse to the two-at-once idea, but I also didn't
sense any support for the idea of any experimental addition.
I still think that finding a way to let users play with a couple syntax
variants would be a reasonable way to sort things out.
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