For review: PEP 308 - If-then-else expression
ark at research.att.com
Mon Feb 10 03:29:13 CET 2003
holger> Maybe Roman Suzi (IIRC) has found one (short-circuiting)
holger> cond -> (true_expr, false_expr)
holger> which i am currently thinking about.
I'm not thrilled about this example because if you cover up the
"cond ->" part, you get what looks like a tuple, and tuples don't
I'd be happy with
true_expr if cond else false_expr
but must confess that I'm growing more in favor of
if cond: true_expr else: false_expr
even though it looks like an if statement -- or perhaps *because*
it looks like an if statement.
I don't think there's any real ambiguity from the compiler's
viewpoint, because "if" denotes a statement only when it is the first
token of the statement and an expressin otherwise.
I also don't think that there's any real ambiguity from the
programmer's viewpoint, because the meaning is conceptually the
same for expressions as for statements.
Andrew Koenig, ark at research.att.com, http://www.research.att.com/info/ark
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