[Python-Dev] r87389 - in python/branches/py3k: Doc/library/unittest.rst Lib/unittest/case.py Misc/NEWS

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Dec 20 23:29:50 CET 2010

On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 1:55 AM, Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:
> Antoine Pitrou wrote:
>> For a non-native English speaker, 'a' and 'b' don't evoke 'after' and
>> 'before' but simply the first two letters of the latin alphabet, and
>> their ordering is therefore obvious with respect to function arguments.
> It's not just non-native English speakers either. I too think of a, b as
> being first, second rather than after, before.

I was mostly being facetious (my main point being there's no perfect
solution here), though I *have* seen serious code using the
b=before/a=after convention.

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