steve at holdenweb.com
Fri Jan 14 11:40:13 EST 2005
Antoon Pardon wrote:
> Op 2005-01-13, hanz schreef <hanzspam at yahoo.com.au>:
>>Antoon Pardon wrote:
>>>So if I have a call with an expression that takes more than
>>>one line, I should assign the expression to a variable and
>>>use the variable in the call?
>>Yes, that's sometimes a good practice and can clarify
>>>But wait if I do that, people will tell me how bad that it
>>>is, because it will keep a reference to the value which
>>>will prevent the garbage collector from harvesting this
Of course, unless that reference is in the global scope of the __main__
module its lifetime will be transient anyway. If the reference is stored
in a function's local variable then unless its value is returned from
the function it will become available for garbage collection when the
>>Nobody will tell you that it's bad.
> Sorry, someone already did. If I recall correctly it
> was Alex Martelli.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds". Rules are made
to be broken. Besides which, if you don't understand the language
environment, rules alone will do you very little good. Try to focus a
little more on principles and a little less on minutiae.
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