PEP 312 - Making lambdas implicit worries me, surely it's just the name 'lambda' that is bad...

Dave Brueck dave at
Mon Mar 3 18:55:20 CET 2003

On Mon, 3 Mar 2003, Alexander Schmolck wrote:

> Alex Martelli <aleax at> writes:
> > Jack Diederich wrote:
> >    ...
> > > I'm a big functional programming fan, but most python user's aren't.
> >    ...
> > > filter() and only two dozen [very simple!] list comprehensions.
> >
> > So I guess your "functional programming" enthusiasm doesn't come
> > from Haskell
> I don't think that follows. Python's list comprehensions are different -- they
> pollute the namespace.

Oh, c'mon. This is a frequently cited yet overstated wart. Yeah,
technically it's a problem, but much more a theoretical than practical one
- in practice the only time it causes problems is when you're doing
something questionable anyway, like reusing a variable without
initializing it to some known value.

It's a nit rather than a real divergence from Haskell's list comps.


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