Article of interest: Python pros/cons for the enterprise

Hrvoje Niksic hniksic at
Sun Feb 24 02:10:18 CET 2008

"Terry Reedy" <tjreedy at> writes:

> "Jeff Schwab" <jeff at> wrote in message 
> news:f76dnYohFaXb0V3anZ2dnUVZ_u-unZ2d at
> [snip discussion of 'with' statements]
> | Yes, this seems to be the Python way:  For each popular feature of some
> | other language, create a less flexible Python feature that achieves the
> | same effect in the most common cases (e.g. lambda to imitate function
> | literals, or recursive assignment to allow x = y = z).
> This is a rather acute observation.  Another example is generators versus 
> full coroutines (or continuations).

Another example that comes to mind is "with" statement versus a macro
system that allowed one to define custom statements based on
try...finally.  contextlib.contextmanager implements an even more
specific subset of this functionality.

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