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tjreedy at udel.edu
Wed Jan 21 04:51:38 CET 2009
Rhodri James wrote:
> Computer languages are not human languages, but computer language
> constructs do attempt to map onto human language constructs to
> provide some measure of comprehensibility. Where a construct like
> list comprehension maps very well onto idiomatic English, dismissing
> it as "ad hoc syntax soup" is just plain wrong.
Especially given that Python's comprehensions are taken from Haskell's
which are taken from mathematics' set builder notation. Also, care was
taken to have a correspondance between comprehension syntax and nested
for- and if- statement syntax. Someone recently made a proposal that
would break that correspondance and which would be 'ad hoc' and it will
surely be rejected.
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