Adding print-style function calls, and preproc plugins
gerson.kurz at t-online.de
Thu Aug 30 18:50:14 CEST 2001
On Thu, 30 Aug 2001 16:40:14 +1000, Richard Jones
<richard at bizarsoftware.com.au> wrote:
>So, what's the call:
> def foo():
> return 1
> a = foo
>Does that assign a to the function object, as it does at the moment, or does
>it assign a to 1?
Alex Martelli wrote:
> And of course there's no problem interpreting whether:
> blobber plikke
Well please remember what my original intent was: writing my own print
function - er - statement. So, is "print = foo" a valid statement? No.
Is "print plikke" ambiguous? No. Is "print plikke()" ambiguous? No. So
what is the problem? Just add the tiny little restriction that there
is only one statement-like-function-call-per-instruction (separating
by ; should work naturally) and you have a (IMHO neat) syntax trick.
Maybe you're too much reminded of the way this works in Perl & VB.
But please, my problem was that I had to modify print's behaviour, and
couldn't do so, because by going from "print" to a function, you have
to enclose the arguments in brackets.
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