grante at visi.com
Fri Oct 27 18:43:31 CEST 2000
In article <8FD6F80F0suppamanxcollectoror at 188.8.131.52>, SuppamanX wrote:
> I have been using Python off and on for 6 months now and have grown to
>love it from the beginning. However, there is a facett of Python that
>annoys me somewhat. It is the 'scoping by indentation'. Coming from a
>background of 'formal' languages (e.g. Pascal, C, Java,...), I am
>accustomed to explicitly start and end my scopes with a braces.
Perhaps you already know this, and I'm about to sound overly
You're mixing together two different things: scoping and
statement grouping. They're two different (though in many
languages not orthogonal) things. In C, Pascal, Java, the
_same_ method is used for both scoping and grouping statements:
the begin/end tokens and curly-braces do two distinct things:
delimit a scope _and_ group multiple statements into a single
In Python, indentation is used to group statements but it is
not used for scoping, as you seem to indicate.
>Can someone clarify why there is no explicit end for scopes?
>(i.e. IFs, FORs, WHILEs, METHODs, etc...)
In python, IF, FOR, WHILE do not start a new scope. The only
thing that starts a new scope is a function definition.
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