[Python-Dev] replacing 'global'

Neal Norwitz neal at metaslash.com
Sat Oct 25 10:29:32 EDT 2003

On Sat, Oct 25, 2003 at 04:03:17PM +0200, Alex Martelli wrote:
> Yes!  If the compiler needs to be aware of global assignments (which IS
> a good idea) we can do so by either introducing a new "operator keyword"

One thing that I've always wondered about, why can't one do:

        def reset_foo():
            global foo = []     # declare as global and do assignment

As Alex pointed out in another mail (I'm paraphrasing liberally):
redundancy is bad.  By having to declare foo as global, there's
a guaranteed redundancy of the variable when foo is also assigned.

I don't know if this solution would make Alex dislike global less.
But it changes global to look more like a statement, rather than 
a declaration.


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