why cannot assign to function call

Derek Martin code at pizzashack.org
Mon Jan 5 06:09:27 CET 2009

On Sun, Jan 04, 2009 at 09:56:33PM -0600, Grant Edwards wrote:
> On 2009-01-05, Derek Martin <code at pizzashack.org> wrote:
> > On Sat, Jan 03, 2009 at 11:38:46AM -0600, Grant Edwards wrote:
> >> One presumes that Mr. Martin finds anything different from his
> >> first computer language to be BIZARRE.  He should try out
> >> Prolog or something genuinely different.
> >
> > One's presumption would be mistaken.  However thank you for
> > illustrating my point so precisely, which was after all the
> > condescending and insulting way people "communicate" with
> > people whom (they think) know less than they do in this forum,
> > and not actually how difficult or easy the assignment model of
> > Python is to understand.
> I'm sorry, but I really don't see how Python's assignment model
> could be considered bizarre by anybody who's familiar with more
> than one or two languages.  

And... what if one wasn't?  The OP of this thread clearly didn't
understand... Whereas if you've read the thread, clearly I do.
Of course, had you read my post, you probably would have understood
that my comment about the model being bizarre was intended to be
viewed from the perspective of someone who *had not* seen anything
like it before, which is LOTS of relatively new programmers, whether
or not it might be old hat to anyone here.   The ultimate point of my
post was not so much about whether the assignment model of Python was
or wasn't easy to understand; it was about the idea that when someone
doesn't understand, we should try to help them instead of making snide
remarks about how stupid or small-minded they are.

Derek D. Martin
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