Python ++ Operator?

Chris Torek nospam at
Tue Jul 19 15:08:09 EDT 2011

In article <mailman.1057.1310717193.1164.python-list at>
Chris Angelico  <rosuav at> wrote:
>I agree that [C's ++ operators are] often confusing (i+++++j) ...

For what it is worth, this has to be written as:

    i++ + ++j /* or i+++ ++j */

or similar (e.g., newline after the middle "+" operator) as the
lexer will group adjacent "++" characters into a single "++" operator
whenever it can (the so-called "greedy matching" that regular
expression recognizers are famous for), and only later will the
parser and semantic analysis phases realize that "i++ ++ +j" is
invalid and complain.

>but there are several places where they're handy. ...
>However, Python doesn't work as close to the bare metal, so it
>doesn't have such constructs.

More specifically, Python has appropriate higher-level constructs
that, in effect, maintain "mental invariants" in a better (for some
value of better) way.  Instead of:

    lst[i++] = val; /* or: *p++ = val; */

which has the effect of appending an item to an array-based list
of items -- the "invariant" here is that i (or p in the pointer
version) always tells you where the place the *next* item -- one
simply writes:


(which also makes sure that there is *room* in the array-based
list, something that requires a separate step in C).
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