[Python-3000] Exception Expressions

Calvin Spealman ironfroggy at gmail.com
Fri Sep 1 05:21:08 CEST 2006

On 8/31/06, Greg Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
> One problem is that it doesn't seem to chain
> all that well. Suppose you had three files to
> try opening:
>    open(name1) except (open(name2) except open(name3) if IOError) if IOError
> Maybe it would be better if the exception type
> and alternative expression were swapped over.
> Then you could write
>    open(name1) except IOError then open(name2) except IOError then open(name3)
> Still rather unwieldy though. -0.7j, I think
> (the j to acknowledge that this is an imaginary
> proposal.:-)
> --
> Greg Ewing, Computer Science Dept, +--------------------------------------+
> University of Canterbury,          | Carpe post meridiem!                 |
> Christchurch, New Zealand          | (I'm not a morning person.)          |
> greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz        +--------------------------------------+

I considered the expr1 except exc_type then expr2 syntax, but it adds
a keyword without much need to do so. But, I suppose that isn't a
problem now that conditional expressions are in and then is already a

I hereby upgrade this from imaginary proposal to real proposal status!

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