[Python-Dev] Explicit Lexical Scoping (pre-PEP?)

Jeremy Hylton jeremy at alum.mit.edu
Mon Jul 10 22:43:58 CEST 2006

On 7/10/06, Ka-Ping Yee <python-dev at zesty.ca> wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Jul 2006 skip at pobox.com wrote:
> > I think Talin's got a point though.  It seems hard to find one short English
> > word that captures the essence of the desired behavior.  None of the words
> > in his list seem strongly suggestive of the meaning to me.  I suspect that
> > means one's ultimately as good (or as bad) as the rest.
> What's wrong with "nonlocal"?  I don't think i've seen an argument
> against that one so far (from Talin or others).

It's a made-up word.  You won't find it in the dictionary and the
google define: query sends me to a wikipedia page about quantum
mechanics.  It also expresses itself in the negative form "not local"
as opposed to the positive form like global "this is a global."
Finally, I think it sounds yucky.

To express this email in the positive form:
1. Reserved words should be real words.
2. The meaning of the word should be clear.
3. "Put statements in positive form."  (Strunk & White)
4. The word should sound good.

global meets all of these requirements.  "free" was the word I
remember preferring from earlier discussions, but I think it fails #2.
 (Too much confusion about freeing memory, for example.)


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