[Python-Dev] 2.5 and beyond

Andrew Koenig ark at acm.org
Sat Jul 1 01:27:06 CEST 2006

> That sounds like a bug, not a feature.  It's frequently useful to have
> forward references in function bodies to names that are not yet globally
> bound, e.g. for classes, or mutually-recursive functions.

The trouble is that you don't necessarily know in what scope they will be
defined, so I think that forcing you to be explicit about it is useful.  Can
you show me an example of where you think it isn't?

Incidentally, I think that lexical scoping would also deal with the problem
that people often encounter in which they have to write things like "lambda
x=x:" where one would think "lambda x:" would suffice.

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