anything like C++ references?
donn at drizzle.com
Wed Jul 16 06:01:41 CEST 2003
Quoth Adam Ruth <owski at hotmail.com>:
| 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 drizzle.com
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