<> vs != was Re: A Suggestion for Python Colon Syntax

Rainer Deyke root at rainerdeyke.com
Sat Dec 23 14:15:58 EST 2000

"Thomas Wouters" <thomas at xs4all.net> wrote in message
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> On Sat, Dec 23, 2000 at 12:15:25AM -0500, Tim Peters wrote:
> > Best guess is that "<>" will go away in P3K.  I jokingly told Guido it
> > clearly wrong for an inequality operator to look so symmetric, and he
> > to laugh <wink>.
> Well, excuse me, but it's clearly wrong for an equality test operator to
> look so much like an augmented assignment statement ! I definately prefer
> '<>' myself, anyway, I just wish I could use it in C without turning
> preprocessor macros :)

I dislike <> because to me A <> B implies A > B or A < B.  This does not
logically apply to some data types where no ordering is defined.  Of course
in Python, A <> B (and A != B) does imply A > B or A < B because of the way
comparison is implemented.

Rainer Deyke (root at rainerdeyke.com)
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