[Python-Dev] Informal educator feedback on PEP 572 (was Re: 2018 Python Language Summit coverage, last part)

Michael Selik mike at selik.org
Sun Jul 1 11:35:08 EDT 2018

On Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 12:39 AM Tim Peters <tim.peters at gmail.com> wrote:

> So, ya, when someone claims [assignment expressions will] make Python
> significantly harder to teach, I'm skeptical of that claim.

I don't believe anyone is making that claim. My worry is that assignment
expressions will add about 15 to 20 minutes to my class and a slight

As Mark and Chris said (quoting Mark below), this is just one straw in the
struggle against piling too many things on the haystack. Unlike some
changes to the language, this change of such general use that it won't be
an optional topic. Once widely used, it ain't optional.

On Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 2:19 AM Mark Dickinson <dickinsm at gmail.com> wrote:

> There's a constant struggle to keep the Python portion of the course large
> enough to be coherent and useful, but small enough to allow time for the
> other topics.
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