[Python-Dev] Re: decorators and 2.4

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Sun Jun 27 11:08:21 EDT 2004

On Fri, Jun 25, 2004, Bill Janssen wrote:
> Paul Prescod writes:
>> 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.
> But I disagree with your statement here.  Everyone reads *unfamiliar*
> code one line at a time from the top.  If you're really reading it, I
> mean, rather than just looking for something in it.

Well, I'm not "everyone", though I suppose you could argue that I'm just
looking for something.  When I look at a module, I first skim it to find
the interesting parts.  I almost always know what the module is supposed
to do, so I'm looking for the bits that support the module's primary

You've got a point about cluttering the code, but *all* the proposed
solutions clutter code in some way.  I agree with Paul that you're being
unnecessarily alarmist.

My ordering of preference is:

Decorator after ``def``
JavaDoc style

I'm -1 on the proposal to put decorator before ``def``.
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