[Python-Dev] PEP 7 clarification request: braces

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Jan 2 23:08:17 CET 2012

On Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM, Larry Hastings <larry at hastings.org> wrote:

> On 01/02/2012 12:47 AM, Raymond Hettinger wrote:
>> Really?  Do we need to have a brace war?
>> People have different preferences.
>> The standard library includes some of both styles
>> depending on what the maintainer thought was cleanest to their eyes in a
>> given context.
> I'm with Raymond.  Code should be readable, and code reviews are the best
> way to achieve that--not endlessly specific formatting rules.
> Have there been bugs in CPython that the proposed new PEP 7 rule would
> have prevented?

The irony is that style guides exist to *avoid* debates like this. Yes, the
choices are arbitrary. Yes, tastes differ. Yes, there are exceptions to the
rules. But still, once a style rule has been set, the idea is to stop
debating and just code.

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)
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