Simple list.append() question

Michael Hudson mwh21 at
Fri Apr 28 15:21:02 CEST 2000

Christian Tismer <tismer at> writes:
> > Greg Ewing <greg at> writes:
> > > Maybe the LC syntax should include something like
> > >
> > >    [[] times 10]
> > 
> > But wouldn't that make "times" a keyword?  Not sure I'd want that...
> Currently, yes, but it is absolutely not necessary to be so.
> It requires to change the grammar to treat operators
> differently. 

But then what happens to things like

  times = 10
  return [[] times times]

?  I'm not sure context senstive keywords are a good idea (in any
language, ever).  Currently a naked identifier in Python is either a
variable reference or a keyword, and you can tell which just by
looking at *it*, not at its surroundings - and I think I like that.

Though it would be occasionally useful to be able to call a variable


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