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