[Python-Dev] Re: anonymous blocks

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Thu Apr 21 13:11:56 CEST 2005

Guido van Rossum wrote:
>>>IMO this is clearer, and even shorter!
>>But it clutters the namespace with objects you don't need.
> Why do people care about cluttering namespaces so much? I thought
> thats' what namespaces were for -- to put stuff you want to remember
> for a bit. A function's local namespace in particular seems a
> perfectly fine place for temporaries.
Indeed. The way people bang on about "cluttering namespaces" you'd be 
forgiven for thinking that they are like attics, permanently attached to 
the house and liable to become cluttered over years.

Most function namespaces are in fact extremely short-lived, and there is 
little point worrying about clutter as long as there's no chance of 

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