[Python-Dev] q about default args

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Fri, 23 Aug 2002 01:06:45 -0400

Andrew P. Lentvorski <bsder@mail.allcaps.org>:
> > Among other things, because that choice (what old LISP hackers like me
> > call `dynamic scoping') turns out to be far more difficult to model
> > mentally than Python's lexical scoping.
> That statement sounds like someone spent a lot of time doing research on
> it.  Is there a reference I could go look up?

It's sort of a folk theorem derived from painful experience.  Nobody 
has proposed a new LISP dialect with lexical scoping since the mid-1980s.
Scheme and Common LISP, both lexically scoped, pretty much settled the
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