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David Stanek wrote:
On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 12:43 PM, Aaron Rubin
1) Python is three things which the standard was not designed for: One: Object Oriented. Two: Not Hungarian notation Three: Mandatorily uses whitespace as its defintion for code blocks. Let me explain each one in a bit more detail: Object Oriented: Because it is not functional-style programming, but instead OO, you have to give defintion as to what object type you are using before using it. This makes definitions and usage longer than in functional programming (when 80 character widths were invented). PhazeMonkey.Hardware.FrameSource.Abstract.Framegrabber is an example (and not an extreme one) of a class (55 characters already) in a rather large code base.
If you are using more than 5 or 6 levels of indentation you may be doing something wrong. I would guess that your methods are too complex or maybe you are violating the SRP.
If there are too many lines or too much indentation then it's time to move some of the code into a function.
Not Hungarian: Not only is Python not Hungarian (in general), but the PEP-8 specifically tells us to use longer, more descriptive variable names. hasInstrumentControllerPhaseDither is an example. Many variables are 15-20 characters and oftentimes longer. How many of these variables can you fit into a line if we are limited to 80?
I'd like to see an example of your variable names. I don't use hungarian notation and my name are usually under 10 characters.
IMHO, the names should be long enough to be meaningful but not too long.