[Python-Dev] can't assign to function call

Joao S. O. Bueno jsbueno at python.org.br
Mon Mar 18 15:04:51 CET 2013

On 18 March 2013 10:50, Neal Becker <ndbecker2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> def F(x):
>     return x
> x = 2
> F(x) = 3
>     F(x) = 3
> SyntaxError: can't assign to function call
> Do we really need this restriction?  There do exist other languages without it.

I mean...what are you even talking about?
Assignments are to "names" - names are not Python objects and it is
not something that can be returned from a function call.

If you are meaning mathematical equation like functionality, I
recommend you to try "SymPy" - the Library for symbolic mathematics.

I can't make sense of what you want to perform by "assigning to a
function call", and given the time without a reply to this e-mail, I
think I am not the only one there.


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