Two question from a newbie
tottinge at concentric.net
Thu Feb 24 15:00:09 CET 2000
On Sun, 13 Feb 2000 00:45:59 +1100, "Jason Stokes"
<jstok at bluedog.apana.org.au> wrote:
>>> if ( x.mode == "view" or x.mode == "modify):
>>if x.mode in ("view", "modify"):
>I don't see that this idiom has that much to recommend it. Mr Drake's
>version is clear in that we're comparing x.mode with two modes -- "view" and
>"modify". Your version attempts to *find* x.mode in the tuple ("view",
>"modify") and executes the sub-bock if successful. The intention of the
>first example is immediately apparent. The intention of the second is not
>so immediate, so it must lose out if you want to write maximally
To each his own, I guess.
I found that the intent of the first one was only more comprehensible
to a programmer skilled in C-like languages.
The second is more explicit, and doesn't have any doubled symbols.
It's more English-like.
I don't know how they compare in performance, but my son can read the
second, whereas he's intimidated by the first. He's in 3rd grade, and
never programmed before.
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