Addition to documentation: Zen of Python, was( RE: Comparison between Python and "Ruby" )

Mike Fletcher mcfletch at
Wed Nov 3 04:34:21 CET 1999

Okay, that reminds me, when is this going to make it into the official
documentation?  If it were me, I'd put it right onto the first page
(doc/index.html) of the official docs, right under the listing of available
documents ;) .  It does such a great job of getting people into the "frame"
of Python (at least those with some background in computer programming).

So, how about it? And lets start a Python monastery somewhere, I'd look
great in a black-and-green robe ;) ,

Beautiful is better than ugly.
Explicit is better than implicit.
Simple is better than complex.
Complex is better than complicated.
Flat is better than nested.
Sparse is better than dense.
Readability counts.
Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
Although practicality beats purity.
Errors should never pass silently.
Unless explicitly silenced.
In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
Now is better than never.
Although never is often better than *right* now.
If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!
-- Tim Peters

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