Variable names in Python cannot start with a number or can they?

Python parser forbids naming variables that way, for the sake of parsing numbers and variables separately, as naming a variable 1e1 would create a chaos - is it the number 10.0 or the variable 1e1?

"Python, please output for me 1e1!" - "Why is it 10.0? I stored 100 over there!"

But the variables are actually stored in a way that allows binding a string that starts with a number to a value, because that feature is no harm in hashing maps of any kind, and so using this "trick" you can achieve your wanted numeral-prefixed-name variable without hurting the parser severability.

I would say that technically, naming variables in that manner is not a violation to python guidelines, but it is highly discouraged, and as a rule unnecessary. Using globals for injecting variables is known as a very bad practice and this case should not be an outstanding.

Of course, python could have used an encloser to numerals like strings, say *123*, but I believe the intent of inventing python was to make programming easier, not stretching the limits of variable naming space.

Practically speaking, if you must use number-headed names you better do it with your own dictionary, rather than globals:

>>> number_headed_vars = {'1a': 100}
>>> number_headed_vars['1a']

That way you can create your own variables system - and avoid abusing globals().

This is what you can and can't do with that 1a in globals. You can't really use it in a variable, unless you use all of it's definition in globals (I mean accessing that dictionary), which makes it very uncomfortable for usage (another reason for not doing that).

Basically, 1a is not a real variable as a1 , as shown in the following output:

>>> globals()['1a'] = 1
>>> globals()['1a']

>>> a = 1a
File "<stdin>", line 1
    a = 1a
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

>>> a = globals()['1a']
>>> a

>>> globals()['a1'] = 5
>>> a = a1
>>> a