[Python-Dev] PEP 3103: A Switch/Case Statement

Eric Sumner kd5bjo at gmail.com
Thu Jun 29 17:18:12 CEST 2006

> >> what's a "label" ?
> >
> > In your example, RED, GREEN, and BLUE.  colours provides a mapping
> > from values to labels/cases, and the switch statement provides a
> > mapping from labels/cases to code.  Sorry about introducing a new term
> > without saying anything about it.
> yeah, but what are they?  integers?  strings?  names without an associated value?
Syntactically, they are bare words (names).  They are constants, and
compare equal to other identical labels.

> how do you create new labels?
To the programmer, all valid labels exist; you just use them.  They
are only used in very particular places in the grammar.  Internally,
they are probably represented by strings.

> where are they stored?
They are stored by the internal representation of any construct that
uses them.  That would be dispatch table objects and compiled switch

> who keeps track of them?
Each construct keeps track of its own copies, and destroys them when
they are no longer needed.

  -- Eric Sumner

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