Python 2.0

Garrett G. Hodgson garry at
Wed Jun 9 19:58:10 CEST 1999

Kumar Balachandran wrote:

> One of the irritating things about
> Python is the use of whitespace in syntax.

no, that is one of the nicest things about python.

> why not have optional syntactic sugar such as
> if
> ...
> fi
> etc. It makes the language more elegant.

no, it clutters it up with syntactic noise.

> The change is simple to achieve if backward compatibility is given to
> accomodate people that grew up with FORTRAN.

last i heard, fortran is still around, and people are welcome to use it.

> In conclusion, 
> lets face the fact that that design decision was flawed, and people
> have to conjure up excuses to save face. 

no, it was a fine decision.  people defend it because they like it,
not to save face.  if you don't like it, don't use it.  there is no
shortage of languages that insist on overstating the obvious.

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