removing list comprehensions in Python 3.0

Kay Schluehr kay.schluehr at
Sat Jul 9 00:38:04 CEST 2005

Steven Bethard schrieb:

> I think the jury's still out on this one:
> * Alex Martelli expects list comprehensions to be removed. [1]
> * Robert Kern wants list comprehensions removed. [2]
> * Raymond Hettinger encourages continued use of list comprehensions [3]
> * Jeremy Bowers thinks list comprehensions should stay. [4]
> I only searched a few relatively recent threads in, so there are
> probably more, but it looks to me like the final decision will have to
> be made by a pronouncement from Guido.

Well, I want to offer a more radical proposal: why not free squared
braces from the burden of representing lists at all? It should be
sufficient to write

>>> list()

After being free one can use them for other purposes e.g. replacing the
ugly @ decorator character by the lovely [ .. ] notation or other
important features no one never trusted to implement waiting for the
right syntax sugar. More than this round braces together with lists can
be considered as a concession to the LISP programmer who was repelled
from Python by the decision to eliminate functional programming


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