[Python-ideas] allow `lambda' to be spelled λ

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 11:03:21 EDT 2016

On 20 July 2016 at 00:40, Rustom Mody <rustompmody at gmail.com> wrote:
> Disclaimer: I am a teacher and having a LexicalError category makes it nice
> to explain some core concepts
> However I understand there are obviously other more pressing priorities than
> to make python superlative as a CS-teaching language :-)

Given the motives of some of the volunteers in the community, "I am a
teacher, the current error confuses my students, and I'm willing to
discuss proposed alternative error messages with them to see if
they're improvements" can actually be a good way to get people
interested in helping out :)

The reason that can help is that the main problem with "improving"
error messages, is that it can be really hard to tell whether the
improvements are actually improvements or not (in some cases it's
obvious, but in others it's hard to decide when you've reached a point
of "good enough", so you throw up your hands and say "Eh, it's at
least distinctive enough that people will be able to find it on Stack


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