Attitude about new keywords

David Eppstein eppstein at
Sat Feb 8 23:17:28 CET 2003

In article <7x1y2is9qt.fsf at>,
 Paul Rubin <phr-n2003b at> wrote:

> I'd like to ask a meta-question about this: why is adding new keywords
> something to be so urgently avoided?

Because it can make previously-working code stop working, when the new 
keyword happens to match somebody's variable name.

David Eppstein       UC Irvine Dept. of Information & Computer Science
eppstein at

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