[Python-ideas] Statements vs Expressions... why?
josiah.carlson at gmail.com
Thu Sep 11 01:24:31 CEST 2008
On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 2:57 PM, Adam Olsen <rhamph at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 3:18 PM, Cliff Wells <cliff at develix.com> wrote:
>> Further, I feel that this limitation forces programmers into using hacks
>> and magic or overly spread-out code, which itself leads to readability
>> concerns. Having used Python for around a decade, I'm quite aware of
>> the fact that you can happily write tons and tons of nice code with
>> Python in its current state. However, because of the direction of my
>> work (developing a internal DSL in Python) I've suddenly become aware of
>> this glass ceiling. I'd bumped into it before back when I was doing a
>> lot of GUI development, but blamed it on lambda rather than realizing
>> that it wasn't lambda so much as what I am bringing up now.
> Python is not intended for DSLs. Really, don't do it. Python is for
> python code. If you want another language, write your own parser. I
> hear lisp is simple to parse, and has no annoying statements to hold
> you back!
> Seriously though, there is an advantage to basing so much on
> statements rather than expressions. We're specialized for one
> statement per line, which is the most common case, and it allowed us
> to have extraneous semicolons, braces, or whatever. Readability
> benefits, style consistency benefits.
> Now there are some use cases that suffer here, including the one you
> just gave: defining a dispatch dict with the functions inline. The
> best I could do is define the dict first, then stick a decorator on
> each function to register them. That's still ugly though. A creative
> solution is needed, but none come to mind.
With the proper dispatch_dictionary base class and it's metaclass,
dispatcher would become a dictionary with functions that map from
strings and integers to function handlers.
Never underestimate the power of classes and metaclasses ;) .
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