[Python-ideas] For-loop variable scope: simultaneous possession and ingestion of cake

Bruce Leban bruce at leapyear.org
Wed Oct 8 17:47:23 CEST 2008

On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 6:08 AM, Jan Kanis <jan.kanis at phil.uu.nl> wrote:

> On 06/10/2008, Arnaud Delobelle <arnodel at googlemail.com> wrote:
> >  for a[0] in range(10):
> >     lst.append(lambda: a[0])
> >  for f in lst:
> >     print(f())
> But I think this would be a better solution:
> 2) Treat location specifiers other than local and global variables
> (variables you can write down without using dots or square brackets)
> the same as they are treated today. In that case, both loops would
> print ten times 9. I would want to argue this is the better approach,
> because when you write down a[0] you are specifically thinking of a
> and a[0] in terms of objects, while when you use a local variable you
> just need some place to store a temporary result, and not be bothered
> with it any more than absolutely necessary.

I don't think this is better. Not that I'm proposing we add macros to the
language but if we did then

    macro find(a, x, i):
        for i in range(len(x)):
            if x[i]:
                return lambda: x[i]

would operate differently for find(a, x, i) and find(a, x, i[0]). I think
that's a bad idea.

--- Bruce
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