[Python-Dev] Re: PEP 340 - possible new name for block-statement

Nicolas Fleury nidoizo at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 29 22:26:27 CEST 2005

Guido van Rossum wrote:
> [Nicolas Fleury]
>>scoped EXPR as VAR:
>>     BLOCK
> Definitely not. In too many languages, a "scope" is a new namespace,
> and that's exactly what a block (by whichever name) is *not*.

Humm... what about "context"?

context EXPR as VAR:

I may answer the question myself, but is an alternative syntax without 
an indentation conceivable? (yes, even since the implicit block could be 
run multiple times).  Because in that case, a keyword like "block" would 
not look right.

It seems to me that in most RAII cases, the block could end at the end 
of the current block and that's fine, and over-indentation can be 
avoided.  However, I realize that the indentation makes more sense in 
the context of Python and removes some magic that would be natural for a 
C++ programmer used to presence of stack...  Ok, I answer my question, 
but "context" still sounds nicer to me than "block";)


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