[Python-Dev] replacing 'global'

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Sun Oct 26 22:58:19 EST 2003

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> > > Ideally, augmented assignments would also become "rebinding". However,
> > > this may have compatibility problems.

> > Unfortunately yes.  It might have been better to define them that way in
> > the first place, but changing them now is dubious.

> I'm not so sure. You need an existing binding before an
> augmented assignment will work, so I don't think there can
> be any correct existing usages that would be broken by this.

Indeed.  If x is neither local not declared global, x+=... is always
an error, even if an x at an intermediate level exists, so THAT
shouldn't be used as an argument against this.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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