What is "self"?
hancock at anansispaceworks.com
Fri Sep 23 16:48:19 CEST 2005
On Friday 23 September 2005 07:11 am, Rick Wotnaz wrote:
> I've long thought that Guido missed an opportunity by not choosing
> to use 'i' as the instance identifier, and making it a reserved
> word. For one thing, it would resonate with the personal pronoun
> 'I', and so carry essentially the same meaning as 'self'. It could
> also be understood as an initialism for 'instance'. And, because it
> is shorter, the number of objections to its existence *might* have
> been smaller than seems to be the case with 'self' as the
> And as a side benefit, it would make it impossible to use as a loop
> index a language feature that would be a huge selling point among a
> lot of experienced programmers.
How exactly is that? Anybody who uses "i" as a variable name for
anything other than an innermost loop index is a sick and twisted
You'd prefer what? "count" or "kount" or "i_am_an_innermost_loop_index_counter".
I mean "explicit is better than implicit", right?
Maybe Fortran warped my brain, but I just don't see the benefit here.
Terry Hancock ( hancock at anansispaceworks.com )
Anansi Spaceworks http://www.anansispaceworks.com
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