Favorite non-python language trick?

Claudio Grondi claudio.grondi at freenet.de
Fri Jun 24 13:46:32 CEST 2005


> And you can do block comments with --[[ and ---]].

I am very happy not to have such "tricks" in Python.

Any other (useful) suggestions?

Claudio

"Joseph Garvin" <k04jg02 at kzoo.edu> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
news:mailman.837.1119596150.10512.python-list at python.org...
> As someone who learned C first, when I came to Python everytime I read
> about a new feature it was like, "Whoa! I can do that?!" Slicing, dir(),
> getattr/setattr, the % operator, all of this was very different from C.
>
> I'm curious -- what is everyone's favorite trick from a non-python
> language? And -- why isn't it in Python?
>
> Here's my current candidate:
>
> So the other day I was looking at the language Lua. In Lua, you make a
> line a comment with two dashes:
>
> -- hey, this is a comment.
>
> And you can do block comments with --[[ and ---]].
>
> --[[
> hey
> this
> is
> a
> big
> comment
> --]]
>
> This syntax lets you do a nifty trick, where you can add or subtract a
> third dash to change whether or not code runs:
>
> --This code won't run because it's in a comment block
> --[[
> print(10)
> --]]
>
> --This code will, because the first two dashes make the rest a comment,
> breaking the block
> ---[[
> print(10)
> --]]
>
> So you can change whether or not code is commented out just by adding a
> dash. This is much nicer than in C or Python having to get rid of """ or
> /* and */. Of course, the IDE can compensate. But it's still neat :)





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