[Python-Dev] Catching "return" and "return expr" at compile time
Tue, 7 Sep 1999 14:47:40 -0400
On 07 September 1999, Tim Peters said:
> The latter, if for no other reason than that new users should get bludgeoned
> into good practice from their first day. If something's serious enough to
> trigger a warning, and you insist on doing it anyway, then you should at
> least know enough about Python to be able to find the -W switch <wink>.
> Note that in response to 1,379 distinct complaints about insane Perl
> semantics, TomC's stock answer is that every serious Perl programmer runs
> with -w and "use strict". He's right! Every serious Perl programmer does.
> Perl picked the wrong default, letting naive programmers hang themselves
> 1,379 distinct ways by default.
I agree, but I'm only willing to do so publicly because Tim has. So
does the Perl documentation (ie. Tom C., I assume); from "man perl":
The -w switch produces some lovely diagnostics.
Did we mention that you should definitely consider using the
The -w switch is not mandatory.
D'you think that's a hint?
Obviously, there *must* be a way to turn off warnings, so we can
continue to run our crufty, bug-ridden old code without too many
Greg S.'s suggestion for being able to customize *which* warnings are
printed is also important. Much hair was pulled when Perl 5.004 was
released with a whole bunch of new warning messages -- lots of people
had to go back and "fix" working code, or remove the -w switch from
production scripts to clean up the mess on their stderr, etc. I suspect
most of those people (myself included) were enlightened by the new
warnings, but annoyed by having to go and fix what wasn't necessarily
broken. A lot of people now recommend using -w only when developing,
and removing it for production use, simply because of the risk of new
warning messages when you upgrade Perl.
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