Abe Dillon abedillon at gmail.com
Fri Jan 4 17:58:51 EST 2019

Do you not have/use syntax highlighting? If not, why not? There's a right
and wrong tool for everything. In the case of visually differentiating
various kinds of code entities, the IDE is the right tool, all caps is not.

On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 1:13 PM Ryan Gonzalez <rymg19 at gmail.com> wrote:

> IMO it's good to have some sort of visual differentiation between
> constants and normal values. A lot of camelCase-based style guides use a k
> prefix (e.g. kMyValue), but Python doesn't use it (other than PascalCase
> for classes). If there were to be an alternative to ALL_CAPS for constants,
> I guess maybe it'd also be PascalCase?
> That being said, Dart 2 has dropped ALL_CAPS constants from its style
> guide, and although everyone's survived just fine, I do somewhat miss being
> able to immediately be able to see where something is coming from solely
> from the case.
> Side note: it seems like ALL_CAPS kind of came from macros being using for
> constants in C and persisted.
> --
> Ryan (ライアン)
> Yoko Shimomura, ryo (supercell/EGOIST), Hiroyuki Sawano >> everyone else
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> On Fri, Jan 4, 2019, 1:02 PM Abe Dillon <abedillon at gmail.com wrote:
>> I keep coming back to this great video <https://vimeo.com/74316116> about
>> coding style, and one point in particular rings true to me:
>> It destroys the visual flow of code and for what? To signify a global,
>> constant, or Enum? Is that really so important? I don't think so. I think
>> the all caps style has out-lived its usefulness and needs to go the way of
>> the dodo.
>> The last time I saw all caps used appropriately was in a YouTube comment
>> where some guy was ranting about the communist Jewish banker conspiracy to
>> control the world. In that case, all caps clearly communicated to me that
>> the person was a frothing lunatic (thought find the idea of communist
>> bankers intriguing).
>> Currently PEP-8 prescribes all caps for constants
>> <https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0008/#constants> and uses the all
>> cap variable "FILES" as an example in a different section.
>> <https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0008/#when-to-use-trailing-commas> It
>> also appears to be the defacto-standard for enums (based on the
>> documentation
>> <https://docs.python.org/3/library/enum.html#creating-an-enum>)
>> I don't think it's necessary to make any breaking changes. Just pep-8 and
>> (of less importance) spurious documentation examples.
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