[Python-Dev] Re: decorators and 2.4
paul at prescod.net
Fri Jun 25 11:40:15 EDT 2004
Bill Janssen wrote:
> Yeah, it makes the code marginally easier to edit, but it also makes
> the code harder to read. Used to be that "def" and "class" would
> stand out in the file, being at the left edge. Now you've got these
> new lines, with, God help us, new syntax, cluttering up the left edge.
The left edge is already cluttered.
a = 5
b = a()
abc = 5
c = 20
It is the indentation that alerts your eye to the function definition.
> What's even worse, these decorators come before the function, so you
> encounter them before you even know what function you're talking
> about. A reading nightmare.
Nobody reads code one line at a time from the top down. You scan for the
bit that interests you and then look around for its context.
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