Py3K idea: why not drop the colon?
mike at hobbshouse.org
Thu Nov 9 17:16:53 CET 2006
Can anyone find a flaw with this change in syntax?
Instead of dividing a compound statement with a colon, why not divide it
on a newline? For example, the colon could be dropped from this statement:
Python is already sensitive to whitespace and the newline anyway, so why
not put it to good use? For example, Python rejects this statement
because of the newline present:
if self.hungry or
You need to use the backslash to continue the expression on the next line:
if self.hungry or \
The colon that divides the statement therefore seems redundant. The
colon could continue to be used for single-line statements:
if self.hungry: self.eat()
I think the colon could be omitted from every type of compound
statement: 'if', 'for', 'def', 'class', whatever. Am I missing anything?
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