[Python-Dev] FW: PEP 8: exception style

Raymond Hettinger raymond.hettinger at verizon.net
Sat Aug 6 19:10:09 CEST 2005

> PEP 8 doesn't express any preference between the
> two forms of raise statements:
> raise ValueError, 'blah'
> raise ValueError("blah")
> I like the second form better, because if the exception arguments are
> long or include string formatting, you don't need to use line
> continuation characters because of the containing parens.  Grepping
> through the library code, the first form is in the majority, used
> roughly 60% of the time.
> Should PEP 8 take a position on this?  If yes, which one?

I we had to pick one, I would also choose the second form.  But why
bother inflicting our preference on others, both forms are readable so
we won't gain anything by dictating a style.


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