#: Jamey Cribbs changed the world a bit at a time by saying on  8/21/2005 4:48 AM :#
> Alexandru Popescu wrote:
> 
>> #: Jamey Cribbs changed the world a bit at a time by saying on  
>> 8/19/2005 3:18 AM :#
>>
>>>
>>> Now, you can still do closures in Python by actually passing a named 
>>> function, but using blocks is just so much more elegant.
>>>
>>
>> What about lambdas? (afaik python has lambdas and a notion called maps 
>> - but about the 2nd I am not pretty sure).
> 
> I think I mentioned Python's lambda a paragraph or two above the one you 
> quoted (I don't have my original post in front of me so I can't say for 
> sure).  You can definitely do closures with Python's lambda, but it is 
> not as powerful as Ruby's block because a Python lambda can only have 
> one statement in it and it cannot be an assignment. 

Thanks Jamey. Wasn't aware of this limitation.

:alex |.::the_mindstorm::.|

ps: sorry I have completely missed that part (it's 6am :-s). sorry again

  You might think
> that this is not that important.  Well, being able to do assignment(s) 
> in a block allows me to program KirbyBase to handle this:
> 
> plane_tbl.update { |r| r.name == 'P-51' }.set do |r|
>     r.speed = 405
>     r.range = 1210
> end
> 
> This says, for the record where name equals P-51, change the speed to 
> 405mph and the range to 1,210 miles.  I couldn't do this with a lambda 
> in Python.
> 
> Jamey
> 
>