[Python-ideas] [Python-Dev] Decorator syntax

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Wed Sep 2 16:15:22 CEST 2009

On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 4:18 AM, Nick Coghlan<ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Xavier Morel wrote:
>> On 2 Sep 2009, at 12:15 , Rob Cliffe wrote:
>>> @Identity(DecoList[0])    # THIS WORKS
>>> def foo():
>>>    pass
>> For what it's worth, you don't need an id function, you can simply write
>>     @itemgetter(0)(decorators)
>>     def foo():
>>         'whatever'
>> or
>>     @decorators.__getitem__(0)
>>     def foo():
>>         'whatever'
> To be honest, I'd forgotten the restriction was even there. So +0 on
> removing it and relying on "consenting adults" and style guides to keep
> people from getting to obscure with their decorators.
> However, any such change should also be accompanied by an update to PEP
> 8 (recommending the current syntactic restrictions as style rules for
> the standard library).

To be honest, I'm still -0 on allowing full expression syntax, but I'm
fine allowing @foo[expr]. Decorators are syntactic sugar that make
existing functionality more readable. I don't think that allowing
complex expressions in the decorator furthers that goal.

After all the solution is always only one line away:

helper = <complicated expression>
def func(args):

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