[Python-Dev] Arbitrary non-identifier string keys when using **kwargs
On Sun, Oct 7, 2018 at 3:45 PM Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> On 10/7/2018 1:34 PM, Chris Barker via Python-Dev wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 3:01 PM Brett Cannon <brett at python.org
> > <mailto:brett at python.org>> wrote:
> > I'm also fine with saying that keys in **kwargs that are not proper
> > identifiers is an implementation detail.
> > It's not just **kwargs -- you can also use arbitrary names with
> > setattr() / getattr() :
> > In : setattr(foo, "4 not an identifier", "this works")
> > In : getattr(foo, "4 not an identifier")
> > Out: 'this works'
> When this behavior of set/getattr was discussed a decade or so ago,
> Guido said not to disable it, but I believe he said it should not be
> considered a language feature. There are other situations where CPython
> is 'looser' than the spec.
>From an alternative implementation point of view, CPython's behaviour
*is* the spec. Practicality beats purity and all that.