[Python-ideas] keywording prohibited

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Fri Apr 24 00:19:00 CEST 2009

spir wrote:

> I have noticed a rather strong and nearly systematic opposition to (new)
> keywords. Cannot really figure out why.

Every time a new keyword is added, it has the potential
to break the code of someone who is using it as a
variable name.

Since we place a high value on not breaking existing
code, we are naturally reluctant to add new keywords.

We do sometimes, but there has to be an extremely good
reason for it.


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