[Python-Dev] py3k and not equal; re names

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Thu Feb 9 13:39:06 CET 2006

On Feb 9, 2006, at 3:41 AM, Smith wrote:

> I'm wondering if it's just "foolish consistency" (to quote a PEP 8)  
> that is calling for the dropping of <> in preference of only !=.  
> I've used the former since the beginning in everything from basic,  
> fortran, claris works, excel, gnumeric, and python. I tried to find  
> a rationale for the dropping--perhaps there is some other object  
> that will be represented (like an empty set). I'm sure there must  
> be some reason, but just want to put a vote in for keeping this  
> variety.

I've long advocated for keeping <> as I find it much more visually  
distinctive when reading code.


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