why no "do : until"?

Remco Gerlich scarblac at pino.selwerd.nl
Sun Dec 31 13:17:08 CET 2000

Steve Lamb <grey at despair.rpglink.com> wrote in comp.lang.python:
> On Sat, 30 Dec 2000 21:12:13 -0500, Peter Hansen <peter at engcorp.com> wrote:
> >I understand the point you are making; I'm just pointing out that the
> >opposing views seem well-founded.  Areas where I think you missed the
> >point are in the importance of code maintainability, the increased
> >complexity with your suggested approach, and the feelings of the "entire
> >CS community" on this issue.
>     I seriously doubt that initing a variable before use causes either code
> maintainability problems or increased complexity.

It can hide bugs. If you use an unitialized variable, Python complains
loudly, pointing out some problem with your code, maybe a control flow
bug or a misspelled name or so. Initializing it beforehand makes those
bugs harder to find.

Remco Gerlich

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