[Python-Dev] Switch statement

Josiah Carlson jcarlson at uci.edu
Fri Jun 23 19:47:16 CEST 2006

"Alex Martelli" <aleaxit at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/22/06, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> > Independent from this, I wonder if we also need static names of the form
> >
> >   static <name> = <expression>
> >
> > which would be similar to
> >
> >   <name> = static (<expression>)
> >
> > but also prevents <name> from being assigned to elsewhere in the same scope.
> Lovely!!!  Definitely +1.  Could perhaps THIS use of static be allowed
> even outside of a def?  I'd just love to have such static names in
> modules and classes, too (with runtime checks of errant assignments,
> if needed).

The problem is that there would need to be a change to modules to be
more class-like (read-only properties), as "module.foo = x" would need
to raise an exception if foo was static in module.

 - Josiah

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