[Python-Dev] any support for a methodcaller HOF?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Sun Feb 5 05:38:29 CET 2006

"Nick Coghlan" <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote in message 
news:43E4A10C.7020703 at gmail.com...
> Hell no. If I want to write a real function, I already have perfectly 
> good
> syntax for that in the form of a def statement. I want to *increase* the
> conceptual (and pedagogical) difference between deferred expressions and 
> real
> functions, not reduce it.

Mathematically, a function is a function.  Expressions and statements are 
two syntaxes for composing functions to create/define new functions.  A few 
languages use just one or the other.  Python intentionally uses both.  But 
I think making an even bigger deal of surface syntax is exactly the wrong 
movement, especially pedagogically.

Terry Jan Reedy

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