[Python-Dev] Re: A syntax for function attributes?

Greg Ewing greg@cosc.canterbury.ac.nz
Fri, 01 Aug 2003 12:26:43 +1200 (NZST)

Paul Moore <pf_moore@yahoo.co.uk>:

> 2. It's possibly *too* flexible. The temptation to define clever hacks
>    may be just a little high. The example of attrs() mentioned above
>    is a good example. It satisfies a real need, it's simple, and it's
>    easy to implement via the [...] syntax. But is it really the best
>    way of handling function attributes?

Perhaps provision could be made for both:

  def spam(self) [classmethod, foo = "blarg"]:

> 1. It doesn't help with properties. To be honest, I don't see this as
>    much of an issue, as properties are a very different beast

I agree. We should *not* try to shoehorn properties into the
function modifier syntax, as the resulting contortions would
be at least as bad as what we have now, and probably worse!

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