python-dev summary, July 16-31

Alex Martelli aleax at aleax.it
Wed Aug 8 18:09:22 CEST 2001


"Peter Hansen" <peter at engcorp.com> wrote in message
news:3B7085F9.28830B9A at engcorp.com...
> François Pinard wrote:
    ...
> > About that one, it always saddened me a little bit that I may not write:
> >
> >         if x in 1, 2, 3:
> >             pass
> >
> > while I can write:
> >
> >         for x in 1, 2, 3:
> >             pass
>
> I would never have thought to write either of these.  On the other
> hand, if I did write things the second way, I would _expect_ that
> the first one would work as well.
>
> > In the first, I write the parentheses so it gets accepted, but I would
> > prefer not using them.  It breaks some of the symmetry, in my opinion
:-).
>
> It's not so much that symmetry is missing -- it just doesn't follow
> the "rule of least surprise", does it?

I fully agree, so I just submitted a feature request to sourceforge --
hopefully one doesn't have to write a PEP for _this_ sort of stuff?-)


Alex






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