question about generators

Andreas Leitgeb Andreas.Leitgeb at
Tue Aug 20 04:35:30 EDT 2002

Greg Ewing <see_reply_address at something.invalid> wrote:
> I've thought about this a bit more, and I think it can be done
> a lot more simply than that. All that's needed is a pointer in
> each generator-iterator that points to the subject of the
> current yield-every statement being executed, if any.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding this, but
 I strongly want to oppose any implicit propagation of nested
generator-calls, whether recursive or not.

Even a recursive generator may choose to do whatever it likes
with the iterator returned from a sub-generator - even yield 
it "as is"!

The previously suggested new pseudo-keyword "every" as in
    yield every <iterator>
would be very clear, concise and good syntactic sugar for the current
    for i in <iterator>: yield i
with some bonuses:
+ no local variable needs to be bound
+ speed (at least because of previous point :-)
+ could be used right of a colon:
    if <whatever>: yield every <iterator>
The only "disadvantage" being, that it's a change in syntax
 with some (likely marginal) effect in python's code-size.

There may be better words than "every", perhaps "each" sounds better
in this context.

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