[Python-ideas] Decorator syntax

Georg Brandl g.brandl at gmx.net
Thu Sep 3 01:09:33 CEST 2009

MRAB schrieb:
> James Y Knight wrote:
>> On Sep 2, 2009, at 6:15 AM, Rob Cliffe wrote:
>>> So - the syntax restriction seems not only inconsistent, but 
>>> pointless; it doesn't forbid anything, but merely means we have to do 
>>> it in a slightly convoluted (unPythonesque) way.  So please, Guido, 
>>> will you reconsider?
>> Indeed, it's a silly inconsistent restriction. When it was first added I 
>> too suggested that any expression be allowed after the @, rather than 
>> having a uniquely special restricted syntax. I argued from consistency 
>> of grammar standpoint. But Guido was not persuaded. Good luck to you. :)
> [snip]
> I can see no syntactic reason to restrict what can appear after the @.
> If someone chooses to abuse it then that's unPythonic, but not illegal.

I do see a reason.  I have no problems with


But this is ugly to me:

   @a + b
   def foo(): pass

As is this:

   @a or (c and d)
   def foo(): pass

Having the decorator expression "opened" by @ but not "closed" feels bad.

However, this looks better to me:

   @(a + b)
   @(a or (c and d))

So, in terms of Grammar/Grammar, what about

   decorator: '@' atom trailer* NEWLINE

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