[Python-ideas] Before and after the colon in funciton defs.
Carl Matthew Johnson
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Thu Sep 22 06:21:45 CEST 2011
Well, now that we're getting down to picking bike shed colors, time to chime in:
blah = static blah
is worse than
static blah = blah
because it's easier to visually pick out something on the LHS and it's analogous to global/nonlocal. Anything having to do with parens is visually ugly and should be avoided unless absolutely needed for explicitness.
One question I have is how this will work with control flow. This example is works with Python 2.7 and 3.2:
>>> x = 0
>>> def f():
... if False: global x
... x = 7
... return x
Presumably static would work the same way? Still, I find this sort of distasteful, since the behavior is a bit surprising to those not familiar with the in's and out's of the compilation model.
Why not put the static declaration in the argument list, something like:
def f(static l=):
And maybe as a shortcut for static NAME=NAME, use just static NAME.
fs = 
for i in range(10):
def f(static i):
Looks OK to me.
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