[Python-Dev] Re: let's not stretch a keyword's use unreasonably,
aleaxit at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 25 04:58:05 EDT 2003
On Thursday 23 October 2003 07:51, Terry Reedy wrote:
> So I really *don't* need global. Perhaps a new builtin
> def me():
> import sys
> return sys.modules[__name__]
Or, we can make the _compiler_ aware of what is going on (and get just the
same semantics as global) by accepting either a non-statement keyword
(scope, as I suggested elsewhere) or a magicname for import, e.g.
import __me__ as Barry suggested. Then __me__.x=23 can have just the
same semantics as today "x=23" has if there is some "global x" somewhere
around, and indeed it could be compiled into the same bytecode if __me__
was sufficiently special to the compiler.
[[ If __me__ was assigned to other objects, subjected to setattr, etc, it
would lose all special powers, and become restricted to whatever
restrictions may apply now or in the future to "setting stuff in other
We'd get more clarity _for human readers_ by thus flagging every
assignment-to-module-level-name *in the very spot it's happening* and
avoiding the inappropriate term "global" -- to the compiler it's all the
same, but humans are important, too.
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