[Python-Dev] "begin" as keyword for pep 340
adamsz at gmail.com
Wed May 4 18:41:02 CEST 2005
I'm a bit surpised that no one has yet  suggested "begin" as a
keyword instead "block" as it seems to express the intent of blocks
and is concise and readable. For example, here are the examples in
PEP 340 rewritten using "begin":
begin opening(path) as f: #how about: begin using_file(path) as f:
Probably the biggest problem with "begin" is that it is relatively
common as an identify. For example, Greping through Python's Lib
directory, begin is used as a method name twice (in httplib and
idlelib.pyshell) and as a local twice (in mhlib and pyassemb).
However, i can't think of many instances where there would be
ambiguity in usage -- could 'begin' be a pseudo-identifier like "as"
for some transitional time?
 (Or maybe GMail's search has failed me ;)
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