[Python-Dev] Simple Switch statement

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Mon Jun 26 02:46:46 CEST 2006

At 01:37 PM 6/25/2006 -0700, Raymond Hettinger wrote:

>>>No thanks.  That is its own can of worms.  The obvious solutions (like const
>>>declarations, macros, or a syntax to force compile-time expression 
>>>are unlikely to sit well because they run afoul Python's deeply ingrained
>>I think perhaps you haven't been paying close attention to Fredrik's 
>Yes, I have been.  That is one of the three options I listed above.
>Each has its own issues.
>The static() keyword works like Forth's brackets for forcing compile-time 

No, it doesn't; this is why I suggested that you haven't been paying close 
attention.  The evaluation is at function definition time, not compile time.

>The issue for us is that unlike other Python expressions, there are 
>inconvenient limitiations on what can be expressed inside:
>   five = 5
>   eight = [8]
>   def f(x, six=6):
>          seven =  7
>          a = static(five + 4)    # this is legal
>          b = static(six + 4)      # this is illegal
>          c = static(seven + 4) # this is illegal
>          d = static(eight + [4]) # this is illegal

The last one is perfectly legal, and the middle two make no sense.

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