Python ++ Operator?

Adam Przybyla adam at
Sat Jul 16 16:25:35 CEST 2011

Chris Angelico <rosuav at> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 6:26 AM, Dan Stromberg <drsalists at> wrote:
>> I don't regard this as a low level versus VHLL issue - I regard it as a
>> matter of operators with side effects being too error prone.  Adding such
>> operators to Python has been discussed (it'd almost certainly be easy to
>> add), and rejected.
> It's not that it has or has not, due to its highness of level, but
> more a needs or needs not. In Python, iterating over an array is done
> with a for loop and the array's own iterator (or enumerate() if you
> need the indices), but C doesn't have iterators, so it needs a
> convenient notation for incrementing through the array.
>> BTW, array operations optimize to the same thing as pointer arithmetic in
>> most C compilers, but the latter tends to be less clear.
> I'm not fully convinced; there are many times when incrementing
> pointers allows for much cleaner code. However, we are talking about
> the readability of C among Python programmers. Personally, I find
> pointer-dereference-and-post-increment to be perfectly readable, but
> it's a construct that I use practically on a daily basis. To someone
> who's not familiar with Python, list comps could suffer from the same
> issues - what does THIS do? oh.
								Adam Przybyla

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