[Python-Dev] surprised to "++" and "--"

Gary Herron gherron at islandtraining.com
Fri Sep 25 17:09:11 CEST 2009

(Moving this to python-list where it should have been in the first place).)

As pointed out, var++ and var-- are syntax errors, however several 
similar expressions are legal.  These, however, are not interpreted as 
the C++ increment and decrement operators, but rather as a binary 
operator followed by a unary operator or two unary operators.

++a, --a, a++b, a--b are all legal and interpreted as +(+a), -(-a), 
a+(+b), and a-(-b). 

Could it be from one of these that the OP formed his (mistaken) idea?

Gary Herron

Facundo Batista wrote:
> 2009/9/23 Wee Binn <weebinn at gmail.com>:
>>     I know that there is no "++" or "--" operator in python, but if "var++"
>> or something like that in my code(you know, most of C/C++ coders may like
>> this),there is nothing wrong reported and program goes on just like
>> expected!!
>>     This is obscure, maybe a bug.
> You can not write "var++":
>>>> var = 5
>>>> var++
>    File "<ipython console>", line 1
>      var++
>           ^
> SyntaxError: invalid syntax

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