Newbie question. Are those different objects ?

Travis Griggs travisgriggs at
Fri Dec 20 19:24:08 CET 2013

On Dec 20, 2013, at 8:00 AM, Mark Lawrence <breamoreboy at> wrote:

> A good point.  Shall I write a PEP asking for a language change which requires that that stupid = sign is replaced by a keyword reading something like thenameonthelefthandsideisassignedtheobjectontherighthandside ?

Or a symbol like :=. As a former Smalltalker, I still miss this as the assignment operator, and the “gets” verbiage that went along with it. One said:

x := 4

as in “x gets 4”

I always got a kick out of the following paragraph from

"1970 - Niklaus Wirth creates Pascal, a procedural language. Critics immediately denounce Pascal because it uses "x := x + y" syntax instead of the more familiar C-like "x = x + y". This criticism happens in spite of the fact that C has not yet been invented."

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