why no ++?

Tim Rowe digitig at cix.co.uk
Mon Aug 6 23:08:00 CEST 2001


In article <mailman.997122491.16083.python-list at python.org>, 
com-nospam at ccraig.org (Christopher A. Craig) wrote:

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> Grant Griffin <not.this at seebelow.org> writes:
> 
> > I'm not sure if anyone has explained the philosophical basis of "why 
> > no ++". It's rooted in Tim Peters' maxim:
> > 
> >    There should be on--and preferably only one--obvious way to do 
> > things.
> > 
> 
> Hmm.  I think I disagree.  If we had i++ (only the postfix version),
> then the obvious way to do:
> 
>    i+=1
>    func(i)
> 
> would become
> 
>    func(i++)

In C/C++ that would be equivalent to 

>    func(i)
>    i+=1

of course, so it wouldn't be obvious to all :-) 



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