[Python-Dev] How far to go with user-friendliness

Christie Wilson bobcatfish at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 18:36:53 CEST 2015

> If people do misspell it, I think they do learn not to in after it happens
> a few times.

Unless the line silently executes and they don't notice the mistake for
years :'(

On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 9:15 AM, Ron Adam <ron3200 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 07/14/2015 09:41 AM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 02:06:14PM +0200, Dima Tisnek wrote:
>>> >https://bugs.python.org/issue21238  introduces detection of
>>> >missing/misspelt mock.assert_xxx() calls on getattr level in Python
>>> >3.5
>>> >
>>> >Michael and Kushal are of the opinion that "assret" is a common typo
>>> >of "assert" and should be supported in a sense that it also triggers
>>> >AttributeError and is not silently ignored like a mocked user
>>> >attribute.
>>> >
>>> >I disagree
>> I must admit I don't use mock so don't quite understand what is going on
>> in this bug report. But I don't imagine that anything good will come out
>> of treating*one*  typo differently from all the other possible typos.
>> Why should "assret" be treated differently from other easy-to-make typos
>> like "asert", "assrt", "asset"? Or "assort", which is not only a
>> standard and common English word, but "e" and "o" are right next to each
>> other on Dvorak keyboards, making it an easy typo to make.
>> Surely this is an obvious case where the Zen should apply. "Special
>> cases aren't special enough..." -- either all such typos raise
>> AttributeError, or they are all silent.
> I agree with Steven that it doesn't seem correct to not raise
> AttributeError here.
> For what it's worth, I have a life long sleep disorder and am a tarrable
> (<-- like this)  speller because of it.   I still don't want spell, or
> grammar, checkers to not report my mistakes.  And I don't recall ever
> making the particular error of using "assret" in place of "assert".  I'd be
> more likely to mispell it as "assirt" if I wasn't already so familiar with
> "assert".
> If people do misspell it, I think they do learn not to in after it happens
> a few times.
> Regards,
>    Ron
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