Let's Talk About Lambda Functions!

Steve Holden sholden at holdenweb.com
Sat Aug 3 15:51:59 CEST 2002


"John Roth" <johnroth at ameritech.net> wrote in message
news:uke7hvgvchhm30 at news.supernews.com...
>
> "Daniel Fackrell" <unlearned at DELETETHIS.learn2think.org> wrote in
> message news:3d46c6a2$1_1 at hpb10302.boi.hp.com...
[ how to indent an anonymous function ]
> Does this make sense?
>
So, are you proposing to alter the syntax for expressions?

> >
> > lambda in its current form does okay in cases like this.  As an
> expression
> > it does not require indentation for anything, but it is also not
> allowed to
> > execute statements.
>
Which is where we came in.

> Well, yes. And lambda generally does quite well for short functions.
> The idea that inline functions should be short has a great number of
> adherents.
>
Mostly because anything as complicated as this current proposal is more
complicated than defining a named function and using it the once.  Frankly
(IMHO), anything that need this much explanation is unlikely to find its way
into Python.

regards
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