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

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Mon Mar 3 01:15:15 CET 2003


Alexander Schmolck wrote:

> You overlook the fact "that saving keystrokes" (and space) can make a
> qualitative change to a language. Certain styles of doing things only
> become
> viable if they don't involve too many keystrokes. For example, thanks
> to its
> lightweight lambda-syntax, smalltalk has a very simple syntax and
> powerful
> methods.

Well, Python isn't Smalltalk, so I don't really know where this gets us.

> If ``[x]`` became ``lambda : x``, it would be completely unusable.

It would become longer, how is that unusable?

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