[Python-Dev] replacing 'global'

Greg Ewing greg at cosc.canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Oct 26 04:13:29 EST 2003

> Hardly arbitary (I have fond memories of several languages that used :=).

But all the ones I know of use it for ordinary assignment.
We'd be having two kinds of assignment, and there's no
prior art to suggest to suggest which should be = and
which :=. That's the "arbitrary" part.

The only language I can remember seeing which had two
kinds of assignment was Simula, which had := for value
assignment and :- for reference assignment (or was it
the other way around? :-) I always thought that was
kind of weird.

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