[Python-Dev] Re: Re: anonymous blocks

Guido van Rossum gvanrossum at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 16:37:50 CEST 2005

[Brian Sabbey]
> >> If suites were commonly used as above to define properties, event handlers
> >> and other callbacks, then I think most people would be able to comprehend
> >> what the first example above is doing much more quickly than the second.

> > wonderful logic, there.  good luck with your future adventures in language
> > design.

[Brian again]
> I'm just trying to help python improve.  Maybe I'm not doing a very good
> job, I don't know.  Either way, there's no need to be rude.
> If I've broken some sort of unspoken code of behavior for this list, then
> maybe it would be easier if you just 'spoke' it (perhaps in a private
> email or in the description of this list on python.org).

In his own inimitable way, Fredrik is pointing out that your argument
is a tautology (or very close to one): rephrased, it sounds like "if X
were commonly used, you'd recognize it easily", which isn't a
sufficient argument for anything.

While I've used similar arguments occasionally to shut up folks whose
only remaining argument against a new feature was "but nobody will
understand it the first time they encounter it" (which is true of
*everything* you see for the first time), such reasoning isn't strong
enough to support favoring one thing over another.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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