[Python-Dev] PEP 318: Set attribs with .name = value
Guido van Rossum
guido at python.org
Wed Mar 31 00:06:00 EST 2004
> Personally, I'd prefer to see function attributes made possible by allowing
> references to the name of the function from within the definition of the
> def func(arg):
> func.attrib = value
Since this keeps coming up: this gets a -1000 from me (sorry Barry :).
It is currently valid syntax with valid semantics, and strongly
suggest something it isn't: it looks as if the attribute assignment is
done at function call time rather than at function definition time.
That is the kind of language design that becomes a real liability in
the hands of someone who misinterprets it.
Ditto for variants like ".attrib = value" and even "@attrib = value"
(which I proposed under a heading "thinking aloud" meaning I wasn't so
sure of it).
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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