[Python-Dev] replacing 'global'

Alex Martelli aleaxit at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 25 18:38:32 EDT 2003

On Sunday 26 October 2003 12:20 am, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> > One thing that I've always wondered about, why can't one do:
> >
> >         def reset_foo():
> >             global foo = []     # declare as global and do assignment
> Nothing deep -- it just never occurred to me.  I was mimicking ABC's
> "SHARE foo", which doesn't have this because its syntax for assignment
> is the more verbose "PUT value IN variable".
> I don't think it'll entice Alex though. :-)

Ah, you haven't seen my answer to it?  I think it meets most of my
objections -- all but the distaste for the keyword 'global' itself -- and
I could definitely live with this more happily than with any other use
of 'global'.  Please see my direct response to Neal for more details.


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