[PATCH] A compromise on case

Nick Mathewson nickm at mit.edu
Tue May 23 21:34:16 CEST 2000

On 23 May 2000 14:11:46 -0400, Jeff Senn <senn at maya.com> wrote:
>Merits of the patch aside (I like the idea!), it still doesn't get to
>the core of *why* Guido suspects there are benefits to making the
>language case-insensitive.
>Just consider how to handle the more complex case of code like:
>  CountOfLumberJacksAvailable = 12
>  if something.or.other():
>     CountOfLumberjacksAvailable = CountOfLumberJacksAvailable + 1
>  print CountOfLumberJacksAvailable
>Code, which you will notice, generates no "errors"...

Hm.  This would call for a 'identifier-only-used-once' kind of an
error.  Within a function, this is fairly reasonable.  The problem is
what to do when you see things like the code above at the module level.

Personally, I think that case-insensitivity is not really the right
way to solve the issue you address.  Even if you solve the error in
the code above, I know from experience that I will sometimes mistype
not only as 'CountOfLumberjacksAvailable'
but also as 'NumberOfLumbarJacksAvailable'
     and as 'NumberOfLumberJacksAvailable'.

Having a good, built-in PyLint-ish tool could help for all of these

Nick Mathewson     <nickm at mit.edu>     http://www.mit.edu/~nickm/

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