Possible constant assignment operators ":=" and "::=" for Python

Piet van Oostrum piet at cs.uu.nl
Mon May 15 10:49:15 CEST 2006

>>>>> Edward Elliott <nobody at> (EE) wrote:

>EE> Piet van Oostrum wrote:
>>>>>>>> tsaar2003 at yahoo.com (T) wrote:
>T> As you can see, the "constant" A can be modified this easily. But if
>T> there were an intuitive mechanism to declare a symbol to be immutable,
>T> then there won't be this problem.
>>> Mutability is not a property of symbols but of values. So it doesn't make
>>> sense to declare an identifier to be immutable. And mutability is tied to
>>> the object's type, not to individual instances.

>EE> I think he meant immutable binding, not immutable symbol. So
>EE> rebinding/overshadowing a "constant" A would raise an error, but
>EE> mutating the underlying object A refers to would not (unless it too
>EE> were immutable).

The way I understood it was that he meant both.
Piet van Oostrum <piet at cs.uu.nl>
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