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

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Sun Jun 24 16:16:37 EDT 2018

On Mon, Jun 25, 2018 at 4:06 AM, Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:
> Remember, the driving use-case which started this (ever-so-long)
> discussion was the ability to push data into a comprehension and then
> update it on each iteration, something like this:
>     x = initial_value()
>     results = [x := transform(x, i) for i in sequence]

Which means there is another option.

5. Have the assignment be local to the comprehension, but the initial
value of ANY variable is looked up from the surrounding scopes.

That is: you will NEVER get UnboundLocalError from a
comprehension/genexp; instead, you will look up the name as if it were
in the surrounding scope, either getting a value or bombing with
regular old NameError.

Or possibly variations on this such as "the immediately surrounding
scope only", rather than full name lookups. It'd have an awkward
boundary somewhere, whichever way you do it.

This isn't able to send information *out* of a comprehension, but it
is able to send information *in*.


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