Securing a future for anonymous functions in Python

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at
Fri Jan 7 20:27:42 EST 2005

Alan Gauld wrote:
> On Fri, 07 Jan 2005 08:44:57 -0700, Steven Bethard
> <steven.bethard at> wrote:
>>>The unfamiliar argument doesn't work for me. After all most
>>>people are unfamiliar with complex numbers (or imaginary) numbers
>>complex numbers.  Lambdas, on the other hand, show up in all kinds of 
>>code, and even though I hardly ever use them myself, I have to 
>>understand them because other people do (over-)use them.
> That's a fair point I suppose but I still don't see much point in
> introducing new names and syntaxes when the existing name is a
> sensible one, even if unfamiliar to many. After all it works in
> Lisp and Haskell - Haskell even uses Lambda as its emblem...

Yeah, I personally expect that if GvR doesn't like lambda now, he won't 
like any of the new syntaxes either.  But I'm in the camp that won't 
miss lambda if it's gone, so I'm not too worried. ;)


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