code review

Devin Jeanpierre jeanpierreda at
Mon Jul 2 03:50:29 CEST 2012

On Sun, Jul 1, 2012 at 9:28 PM, Steven D'Aprano
<steve+comp.lang.python at> wrote:
> Technically, < in Python is left-associative: a < b < c first evaluates
> a, not b or c. But it is left-associative under the rules of comparison
> operator chaining, not arithmetic operator chaining.

Left-associativity is when a < b < c is equivalent to (a < b) < c.

You're talking about evaluation order, which can be different. For
example, hypothetically, (a < b) < c could evaluate c first, then b,
then a. However, Python always evaluates operands left-to-right.

A particular case where this comes into play is the ** operator, which
is right-associative but still has a left-to-right evaluation order.

-- Devin

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