[Python-Dev] Re: PEP 318: Decorators last before colon
Russell E. Owen
rowen at cesmail.net
Fri Apr 2 16:01:03 EST 2004
In article <20040402105535.0526c27d.casey at zope.com>,
Casey Duncan <casey at zope.com> wrote:
> Or how about as?
> as classmethod:
> def jinkies(cls):
> Which seems nice in the face of other declarations:
> as protected(some_permission):
> def zoinks(self, scooby, snack):
> def jinkies(self):
> def dangerous(self, risk):
I like this a lot. The effort to avoid new keywords, though laudable in
many ways, comes at the cost of increased use of punctuation.
I generally find punctuation harder to read than keywords. Also, it is
usually incomprehensible to someone unfamiliar with the language. The
relative lack of punctuation in python as compared, say, to C is one if
its great strengths, to my mind. It is one reason Python reads so much
like pseudocode (or did before some of the recent changes such as list
comprehensions -- very useful but a classic example of the problem of
I'd be very sad to see  used for yet some other purpose.
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