[Python-ideas] x )= f as shorthand for x=f(x)

Boris Borcic bborcic at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 17:55:23 CET 2007

Jim Jewett wrote:
> Boris,
> I'm posting this publicly because you aren't the first to feel this
> way, so I think an answer should be archived. [...]

Ah, thanks for caring, Jim. And for your nice explanations.

Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
 > Why not take Guido's comment literally, "*if* you don't have it," and
 > think about the "litmus test" he described?  (Ie, think about why this
 > proposal is unattractive.)

It's like a judge silencing a advocate by saying "It's no, and if you can't 
plead the other side's view now that it's over, this means you don't have what 
it takes to be judge". Now the competent advocate is deferential to the judge 
and in general won't dream he could replace the judge any more than he would 
ignore any judge's simple demand for silence. But he will nevertheless recognize 
that the test the judge proposes is one by which to recognize a competent 
advocate foremost, and a competent judge only subsidiarily if ever.

IOW, deciding given pros and cons isn't the same as listing them. And if courts 
tend to distribute the role of listing the pros, that of listing the cons, and 
that of deciding, to three distinct persons or parties, it's not without good 
reasons, imo. And...  I've a "good" enough personal history of driving myself 
into undecidable dilemmas, thanks.

The above is what I was first tempted to reply in short to Guido, but felt it 
was rather OT, so I settled on a shortcut. 'nough said.

 > I-always-wanted-to-be-a-language-designer-too-ly y'rs,

But-I-never-really-did-ly y'rs,


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