[Python-ideas] explicitation lines in python ?

Chris Rebert pyideas at rebertia.com
Sat Jun 26 05:55:54 CEST 2010

On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 7:58 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull <stephen at xemacs.org> wrote:
> Daniel DELAY writes:
>  > (Sorry if this has already been discussed earlier on this list, I have
>  > not read all the archives)
> I think if you search for "first-class blocks" and "lambdas", or
> similar, you'll find related discussion (although not exactly the same
> thing).  It also looks very similar to the Haskell "where", maybe
> searching for "Haskell where" would bring it up.
>  > Renouncing to list comprehension occurs rather often when I write python
>  > code
>  >
>  > I think we could greatly improve readability if we could keep list
>  > comprehension anywhere in all cases, but when necessary explicit a too
>  > complex expression in an indented line :
>  >
>  > htmltable = ''.join( '<tr>{}</tr>'.format(htmlline) for line in table):
>  >     htmlline : ''.join( '<td>{}</td>'.format(cell) for cell in line)
> (Edited for readability; it was munged by your mail client. ;-)
> I'm not sure I like this better than the alternative of rewriting the
> outer loops explicitly.  But if you're going to add syntax, I think
> the more verbose
>    htmltable = ''.join('<tr>{}</tr>'.format(htmlline) for line in table) \
>        with htmlline = ''.join('<td>{}</td>'.format(cell) for cell in line)
> looks better.  Note that the "with" clause becomes an optional part of
> an assignment statement rather than a suite controlled by the
> assignment, and the indentation is decorative rather than syntactic.
> I considered "as" instead of "=" in the with clause, but preferred the
> "=" because that allows nested "with" in a natural way.  (Maybe, I
> haven't thought carefully about that at all.)  Obviously "with" was
> chosen because it's already a keyword.
> I suspect this has been shot down before, though.

Prior thread:
[Python-ideas] Where-statement (Proposal for function expressions)

There certainly was criticism:

However, the BDFL seemed receptive:


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