[Python-ideas] Null coalescing operators

Andrew Barnert abarnert at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 22 05:59:07 CEST 2015

> On Sep 21, 2015, at 19:34, Stephen J. Turnbull <stephen at xemacs.org> wrote:
> Definitely, it should be mentioned in the PEP, but Python syntax is
> something that Python defines; shells and language variants have to be
> prepared to deal with Python syntax changes.

IIRC, back when the ternary conditional was suggested, and the C-style ?: was proposed, Guido declared that no way was his language ever going to use ? an operator. So if IPython took that as a promise that they can use ? without fear of ambiguity, you can't blame them too much....

I'm not saying they have a right to expect/demand that Guido never change his mind about anything anywhere ever, just that maybe they get a little extra consideration on backward compatibility with their use of ? than with their use of ! or % (which have been in use as operators or parts of operators for decades).

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