[Python-Dev] Python FAQ: Why doesn't Python have a "with" statement?
greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Jun 15 01:42:14 CEST 2008
Cesare Di Mauro wrote:
> However, I don't agree with the FAQ on this point. I think that a
> Pascal-like with statement can be achieved, even with a dynamic
> language such as Python, and in a simple way.
It's not so much a matter of whether it *can* be done, but
whether there's any substantial need for it. I don't believe
there is in Python, because you can always put a reference
to the target object into a succinctly-named local and access
it through that.
You can't always do that in Pascal, because it provides no
way of obtaining a pointer a record that wasn't heap-allocated.
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