[Python-Dev] PEP 348 (exception reorg) revised again
raymond.hettinger at verizon.net
Mon Aug 15 15:47:54 CEST 2005
> > It is completely Pythonic to have bare keywords
> > apply a useful default as an aid to readability and ease of coding.
> Bare "while:" was rejected because of "while WHAT?!". Bare
> does not cause "except WHAT?!" reaction. Isn't it funny?! (-:
It's both funny and interesting. It raises the question of what makes
the two different -- why is one instantly recognizable and why does the
other trigger a gag reflex. My thought is that bare excepts occur in a
context that makes their meaning clear:
The pattern of use is similar to a "default" in a switch-case construct.
Viewed out-of-context, one would ask "default WHAT". Viewed after a
series of case statements, the meaning is vividly clear.
More information about the Python-Dev