Agreed with Paul and Steve. A lot of work seems to have gone into the PEP (congratulations for that), but still the feature brings little to no additional power to the language while making it more complex.
-1 from me.
On Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:55:58 -0700 Steve Dower firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Agree with Paul. The PEP is well thought out and well presented, but I really don’t think we need this in Python (and I say this as someone who uses it regularly in C/C#).
-1 on the idea; no disrespect intended toward to people who did a lot of work on it.
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From: Paul Moore Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:31 To: David Mertz Cc: Nick Coghlan; Python-Dev Subject: Re: [Python-Dev] PEP 572: Assignment Expressions
On 17 April 2018 at 14:07, Paul Moore email@example.com wrote:
On 17 April 2018 at 14:01, David Mertz firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Strongly agree with Nick that only simple name targets should be permitted (at least initially). NONE of the motivating cases use more complex targets, and allowing them encourages obscurity and code golf.
I also agree. Originally I would have said why not allow them, it's a potentially useful generalisation. But Nick's examples pretty clearly demonstrate that there are a lot of unclear edge cases involved, and even though "prevent people writing ugly code" is explicitly stated as a non-goal in the PEP, that doesn't mean it's OK to allow an obvious bug magnet with no clear use cases.
I should also point out that I remain -0 on this proposal (I'd already said this on python-ideas, but I should probably repeat it here). For me, the use cases are mostly marginal, and the major disadvantage is in having two forms of assignment. Explaining to a beginner why we use a := b in an expression, but a = b in a statement is going to be a challenge.
The fact that the PEP needs a section covering all the style guide warnings we feel are needed seems like it's a warning bell, too.
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