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Mike Meyer mwm at mired.org
Thu Dec 30 22:18:54 CET 2004

Steve Holden <steve at holdenweb.com> writes:

> Mike Meyer wrote:
>> Steve Holden <steve at holdenweb.com> writes:
> [...]
>>>Well, perhaps you can explain how a change that's made at run time
>>>(calling the decorator) can affect the parser's compile time behavior,
>>>then. At the moment, IIRC, the only way Python code can affect the
>>>parser's behavior is in the __future__ module, which must be imported
>>>at the very head of a module.
>> By modifying the parsers grammer at runtime. After all, it's just a
>> data structure that's internal to the compiler.
> But the parser executes before the compiled program runs, was my
> point. What strange mixture of compilation and interpretation are you
> going to use so the parser actually understands that ".." (say) is an
> operator before the operator definition has been executed?

Ok, current decorators won't do. Clearly, any support for adding infix
operators is going to require compiler support.

Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org>			http://www.mired.org/home/mwm/
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