Python handles globals badly.

Antoon Pardon antoon.pardon at
Tue Sep 8 10:59:01 CEST 2015

Op 04-09-15 om 02:47 schreef Mark Lawrence:
> On 04/09/2015 01:06, Michael Torrie wrote:
>> On 09/03/2015 01:05 PM, tdev at wrote:
>>> [The same e.g. with switch statement: add it]
>> Switch is a nice-to-have thing, but definitely not essential. A PEP here
>> (probably already has been several) would at least be read anyway.
>> However, there are several idiomatic ways of accomplishing the same
>> thing that are often good enough and familiar to any Python programmer
>> out there.  Since functions are first-class objects, often a dispatch
>> table is the best way to go here.
> "A Switch/Case Statement" by
> Guido van Rossum, "Rejection Notice - A quick poll during my keynote
> presentation at PyCon 2007 shows this proposal has no popular support.
> I therefore reject it".
> "Switching on Multiple
> Values" by Marc-André Lemburg, "Rejection Notice - A similar PEP for
> Python 3000, PEP 3103 [2], was already rejected, so this proposal has
> no chance of being accepted either."
Were those polls, like the poll he once did for the condtional expression?
There the poll indicated no specific proposal had a majority, so for each
specific proposal one could say it didn't have popular support, but the
majority still prefered to have a conditional expression. But at that
time Guido used that poll as an indication there was not enough support.

So colour me a bit sceptical when Guido comes with such a poll.

Antoon Pardon

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