[Python-Dev] Switch statement
fredrik at pythonware.com
Sat Jun 24 19:04:50 CEST 2006
Guido van Rossum wrote:
>> just map
>> switch EXPR:
>> case E1:
>> case in E2:
>> VAR = EXPR
>> if VAR == E1:
>> elif VAR in E2:
>> where VAR is a temporary variable, and case and case-in clauses can be
>> freely mixed, and leave the rest to the code generator. (we could even
>> allow "switch EXPR [as VAR]" to match a certain other sugar construct).
> This used to be my position. I switched after considering the
> alternatives for what should happen if either the switch expression or
> one or more of the case expressions is unhashable.
I don't see this as much of a problem, really: we can simply restrict
the optimization to well-known data types ("homogenous" switches using
integers or strings should cover 99.9% of all practical cases), and then
add an opcode that checks uses a separate dispatch object to check if
fast dispatch is possible, and place that before an ordinary if/elif
the dispatch object is created when the function object is created,
along with default values and statics. if fast dispatch cannot be used
for a function instance, the dispatch object is set to None, and the
dispatch opcode turns into a NOP.
(each switch statement should of course have it's own dispatch object).
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