[Numpy-discussion] C99

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris at gmail.com
Sat Sep 8 09:06:37 EDT 2018

On Sat, Sep 8, 2018 at 12:02 AM Eric Wieser <wieser.eric+numpy at gmail.com>

> Thanks for the first step on this!
> Should we allow // style comments
> I don’t think it matters too much. I think it might be a little messy to
> have a mix of the two styles where // means “post py3” and /* */ means
> pre-py3 - but at the same time, I do slightly prefer the C++-style. For C
> contributors coming from python, I’d expect that it feels more natural to
> only have to put a comment marker at the start of the line. We could
> convert the /**/-style to //-style with a tool, but it’s probably not
> worth the churn or time.
> Should we allow variable declarations after code
> I’d be very strongly in favor of this - it makes it much easier to extract
> helper functions if variables are declared as late as they can be - plus it
> make it easier to reason about early returns not needing goto fail.
> Related to this feature, I think allowing for(int i = 0; i < N; i++) is a
> clear win.
> Eric

Thinking about this some more, a good argument for going to full C99 is
that outside code written in that style can be brought in without a lot of

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