Please translate this easy snip of C++ to Python

bowman bowman at
Sun Feb 4 21:58:17 CET 2001

Fredrik Lundh <fredrik at> wrote in message news:BTif6.12144
> (iirc, bjarne thinks that real C++ programmers shouldn't
> use the preprocessor at all, but what does he know...)

"The C preprocessor is a powerful but blunt tool, however, and macros are a
dangerous way to program because they change the lexical structure of the
program underfoot. Let the language proper do the work."

Kernighan & Pike, _The Practice of Programming_.

iirc, either K or R have mentioned they would have left macros out of the
language if they could have forseen the clever and wondrous uses that would
be found for them.

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