On Mon, 2005-04-25 at 21:21 -0400, Brian Beck wrote:
Donovan Baarda wrote:
Agreed. I don't find any switch syntaxes better than if/elif/else. Speed benefits belong in implementation optimisations, not new bad syntax.
I posted this 'switch' recipe to the Cookbook this morning, it saves some typing over the if/elif/else construction, and people seemed to like it. Take a look: http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Python/Recipe/410692
Very clever... you have shown that current python syntax is capable of almost exactly replicating a C case statement.
My only problem is C case statements are ugly. A simple if/elif/else is much more understandable to me.
The main benefit in C of case statements is the compiler can optimise them. This copy of a C case statement will be slower than an if/elif/else, and just as ugly :-)