[Python-ideas] Inline assignments using "given" clauses

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Fri May 11 12:33:10 EDT 2018

On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 3:33 AM, Greg Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz>

> Most people's short-term memory is good enough to remember
> that "m" refers to the match object while they read the
> next couple of lines. IMO, using a longer name would serve
> no purpose and would just clutter things up.


A thought just occurred to me. Maybe we need to instigate a cultural shift
where people think about style guides as less dictated by hard-coded rules
that were "passed down from the mountain" and more as derived from research
that we can all understand about usability. A lot more is known about how
human perception and various types of memory and learning work than it was
when the "7 things plus/minus 2" rule was invented (

It would be fascinating to imagine a future where language designers could
talk about such topic with as much confidence as they talk about the
efficiency of hash tables.

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)
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