better lambda support in the future?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Sat Dec 18 08:18:10 CET 2004

"Jp Calderone" <exarkun at> wrote in message 
news:20041218001106.1029.2092913511.divmod.quotient.12461 at ohm...
> On Fri, 17 Dec 2004 18:16:08 -0500, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at> wrote:
>> What puzzles me is 1) why some people apparently think anonymity is 
>> good --
>> is it really that hard to name non-trivial functions?

>  Regarding #1: there must be a great variance between people in the
> difficulty of some aspects of programming.  I am always amazed to hear
> from people who have no difficulty picking names for all of their
> functions.  This is a task that often stumps me for long minutes.  Given
> the obvious profusion of functions in most programs, these minutes 
> compound
> into hours very quickly.  I am always greatful when a lambda lets me 
> avoid
> wasting time on something as irrelevant as giving a name to a short
> function that will be referenced exactly once.

For one-off uses not eligible for lambda treatment, where you really do not 
care about the name, use the same name, such as 'f', over and over, or a 
series such as f1, f2, ,,, or f,g,h.  I have done all three in interactive 

Terry J. Reedy

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