Augmented Assignement (was: Re: PEP scepticism)

phil hunt philh at
Fri Jun 29 20:22:19 CEST 2001

On Fri, 29 Jun 2001 16:13:29 GMT, Guido van Rossum <guido at> wrote:
>Bernhard Herzog <bh at> writes:
>> Augmented assignment doesn't actually offer anything that couldn't have
>> been done with explicit method calls, at least as far as in-place
>> modification is concerned, because under the covers it actually is a
>> method call. Explicit is better than implicit.
>Sorry, I don't understand why people can seriously argue *against*
>augmented assignment.  It just baffles me.  What kind of Spartan
>upbringing did you have?  Scheme?  Really, I just don't get it.  This
>was by far the most asked-for feature ever!  And that quote "explicit
>is better than implicit" quote is pretty tired by now.  It can be used
>against a whole lot of Python features.

Indeed, the reductio ad absurdum of it is that all coding should
be done in assembler, or at least, nothing more high-level than C.

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