[Python-ideas] Just __main__

Matt Chaput matt at whoosh.ca
Tue Jun 19 00:39:14 CEST 2012

> But a __main__ function misses the whole point: that a module can be
> importable and runnable, and the if statement detects the difference. If
> you simply want a function that is always invoked as the main, then just
> invoke it:
>     def main():
>     blah blah
>     main()
> No need for special names at all.

I'm afraid you're the one who's missed the point... the interpreter 
would only call __main__() if __name__ == "__main__"

Some people will cry "magic", but to me this is about what makes sense 
when you explain it to someone, and I think __main__() makes more sense 
(especially to someone with experience in other languages) than "if 
__name__ == "__main__""


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