[New-bugs-announce] [issue22754] Implicit String Literal Concatenation Is Evil

Aaron Klish report at bugs.python.org
Tue Oct 28 19:04:40 CET 2014

New submission from Aaron Klish:

Implicit string literal concatenation where
"string1" "string2"
should be a language syntax error - not a feature.

This creates a silent error whenever someone builds a list of strings and forgets a comma.

I can't think of any good reason why the language supports this.  There are easier ways to build multi-line strings and there are already two explicit ways to do this on a single line.

It also violates the python principle:
"There should be one— and preferably only one —obvious way to do it"

I realize changing this might break someone's code.  If that is a large concern, maybe the interpreter could support an option to enable/disable support for this.

messages: 230163
nosy: aklish
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Implicit String Literal Concatenation Is Evil
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.7, Python 3.2, Python 3.3, Python 3.4, Python 3.5, Python 3.6

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