On 4/26/2018 11:38 AM, Gustavo Carneiro wrote:
On Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 11:13 PM, Martin Teichmann <firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote: > when reading PEP 572 I actually liked it a lot - I think it's actually > a cool idea. I think it's actually that cool an idea that it should be > made the default way of doing an assignment, over time phasing out the > good ole =.
Please no, I really, really appreciate not having to see add ':' all the time. Plus, it already has two other uses: end of header and dict key-item separator. Plus, see below.
In the interest of that, do you think := can be made illegal, by the grammar, if used outside an expression?
a = 1 # legal a := 1 # Syntax error if a := 1: # legal
PEP 572 does not discuss top-level interactive assignments. But it should, because having two forms of assignment that lets one choose to echo or not is a plus.
Sometimes one wants to see the result of an assignment. After
a, b = 14387, 344
it would be nice to be able to write
diff := a - b 14343
diff = a - b diff 14343
I consider this a significant positive feature of the proposal.
On the other hand, sometimes one does not want the see the result. A long result is often useless to view and may scroll previous results out of the window. A very long result may scroll previous results out of a finite console buffer altogether. (For Windows Command Prompt, the default is 300 lines, with a max of 9999.)
And sometimes the result must not be printed. Tk text widgets (and hence IDLE's Shell) do not have a particular limit on the number of lines. On the other hands, long lines drasticly slow down a text widget, and a long enough line will freeze it. (This is supposed to be fixed in Tcl/Tk 8.7, now in a1 stage.) For instance, ">>> [None]*1000000" in IDLE freezes the process.
-- Terry Jan Reedy