Label-Value (was: Re: Inheriting the @ sign from Ruby)

Daniel Wood daniel at
Tue Dec 12 21:05:52 CET 2000

"Fredrik Lundh" <fredrik at> writes:
> lambda is a reserved word, so I doubt that's what you're
> doing.  Let's call it "spam" instead.

Oops.  I was just making up an example for the post and lambda was the
first parameter that came to mind.

> Besides being a syntax error, it doesn't look very Pythonic
> to me.  If you want to change a named value, the best way
> is to make it an attribute of a class.

Hmmm, I'm open to the suggestion that I need to rethink my plan at a
larger scale, but isn't a mutable int likely to sometimes be useful?
(Just like a mutable list is sometimes useful.)  And if so, is [ 2 ]
the currently favored idiom?  (And if so, isn't there something


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