[Python-Dev] Changes to PEP 327: Decimal data type
barry at python.org
Thu Mar 18 10:48:00 EST 2004
On Thu, 2004-03-18 at 10:18, Shane Hathaway wrote:
> Tim Peters wrote:
> > More importantly, lower_names are correct. This gets confused in PythonLand
> > because some major contributors (like Zope Corp) have institutionalized
> > aWrongPolicy for naming methods. If you don't believe me, ask Barry. I
> > believe him on this issue because he just can't be wrong about *everything*
> > <wink>.
> Since most of my Python work has been on Zope, I didn't notice Python
> has this naming convention until this thread. I've read PEP 8 several
> times, but the "method names" section only says to use lowercase. It
> doesn't say what to do if the method name requires multiple words. This
> is left to interpretation by the reader, and I've always interpreted it
> as meaning mixedCase. People who come to Python through Zope tend to
> guess that Python uses the same naming conventions as Java.
> I suggest the "method names" section needs to be more specific to
> correct this misunderstanding. Perhaps: "Use lowercase_with_underscores
> for all method names. Single-word method names are preferred." It
> might also say that not all of the Python library follows this
> convention, but all new modules will.
I've gone back and forth on this issue several times, but the rationale
that Tim refers to has to do with conversations we've had on various
lists, and the decision we made with the email package. At the time,
lowercase_with_underscores was preferred by non-native English speakers
over mixedCaseWords. It seems that the latter can give non-native
English speakers more difficulty.
Sometimes though, I still like mixedCase. ;)
+1 on updating PEP 8 to encourage <wink> lowercase_with_underscores.
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