[Python-ideas] Decorator syntax restriction

Lie Ryan lie.1296 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 16:50:18 CEST 2009

Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Sep 2009 07:46:09 am Scott David Daniels wrote:
>> APL was one language that battered me over the head with the
>> proof that shorter was not necessarily clearer.
> Conway's Game of Life in one line:
> http://www.catpad.net/michael/apl/

Here is a hypothesis:
"The length of a code is inversely proportional to the length of 
documentation required to explain the code"

The APL Conway's Game of Life requires a full page of documentation to 
explain how it works. Most implementations of the same game have much 
less documentation and much longer code.

Prove or disprove the hypothesis.

If proven true, the hypothesis may lead to:
The net worth of having a short, succinct code may be outweighed by the 
amount of documentation needed to explain the code.

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