[Python-Dev] Re: Decorators after 'def' should be reconsidered
skip at pobox.com
Thu Aug 12 21:14:35 CEST 2004
Laurence> I must say I like this idea a lot. It seems much more in
Laurence> keeping with the rest of the python block structure. You could
Laurence> even think of decorators as bullet points. Now if only someone
Laurence> hadn't already found a use for '*' character...
I think '*' is syntactically available for this use. It's not used as a
unary operator I don't believe. The *args thing isn't available in the
context where decorators would be used.
That also has the nice side effect of turning @ back over to tools like leo
and ipython. Unlike '|' it's not likely to be mistaken for other commonly
used characters. Also, a unary '*' or '**' already have some special
meaning when used in and around function definitions, so seeing
might be a small hint to readers of the code that deco is somehow involved
in the function's definition.
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