anything like C++ references?

Adam Ruth owski at
Wed Jul 16 16:12:04 CEST 2003

In <1058328099.572993 at yasure> Donn Cave wrote:
> Quoth Adam Ruth <owski at>:
> ....
>| In Python, there is no situation where "you really can't avoid 
>| pointers".  
> That's trivially true, no such situation can exist because that
> Python can't be coded.  I'll repeat an example that I proposed
> a couple days ago, though:  user implemented sequences could be
> implemented with a single simple indexing function, returning
> a pointer/target/whatever;  Python could assign directly to that,
> making "seq[i] = x" the same kind of operation as and automatically
> symmetrical with "x = seq[i]".
> It can't be done without pointers, as far as I can see.  You may not
> care if it can be done, but I think you'd agree that "there is no
> situation that I care about where you really can't avoid pointers"
> would be kind of a lame version of your assertion.
> 	Donn Cave, donn at

I did a quick google search and couldn't find the thread you're 
referring to.  Could you summarize it for me? It sounds interesting.  I 
do so love the taste of my foot in my mouth.

Adam Ruth

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