[Python-3000] Assignment decorators

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Fri Dec 8 20:58:38 CET 2006

On 12/8/06, Talin <talin at acm.org> wrote:
> One other minor brainstorm before I head off to work: I'd like function
> decorators to work with assignment statements as well as 'def' statements.
> Use case:
>     class Foo:
>        @private
>        def myfunc():
>           pass
>        @private
>        selected = True
> Rationale: The 'def' statement is a type of assignment statement, in
> that it assigns a value (a function object) to a symbol. For
> consistency, the same mechanic ought to be available to other kinds of
> assignment.

That just seems ugly.  Decorators are fine for functions, methods (and
eventually classes) because they only appear in one place.  But having them
strewn about within a function body just seems messy to me.::

 def fxn():
    a = b
    c = d
    e = f

Contrived, I know, but that just hurts my eyes.  Plus if you want to change
the value of something before it is assigned then pass the value to be
assigned to a function.  Decorators provide the ability to pre-process
objects that one could not normally touch before assignment.  You don't have
this issue with assignment statements in a function and thus you are not
solving a problem here that decorators were designed for.

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