P*rl in Latin, whither Python?

D-Man dsh8290 at rit.edu
Fri Nov 17 05:10:27 CET 2000

I too rather like the unrestricted use of chars in symbols in LISP.  The '?' and '!' conventions are much more concise and stand out more than "is" and "set".  I also like the use of hyphens.

I always put space around my operators for readability anyways so I'm in agreement with this.


On Thu, 16 Nov 2000 16:11:54 Richard.Suchenwirth wrote:
 | Alex Martelli wrote:
 | > It IS sort of nice to be able to name all predicates ending with '?',
 | > all functions-which-modify-args ending with '!', etc.  The price you
 | > pay for that is that you have to put spaces in LOTS of spaces
 | > where they are not needed in "run-of-the-mill" languages (such
 | > as Python) that severely restrict the set of characters usable in
 | > identifiers.
 | >     a+b      this would be an identifiers, so
 | >     a + b    is what you must write for addition
 | > etc, etc.  (LISP-ish syntax is different -- if no infix operators
 | > exist, the space-around-operators issue of course disappears:-).
 | > 
 | These required whitespaces (and the freedom in variable, procedure..
 | names) are also a feature in Tcl. But I'm not much troubled by having to
 | put in lots of spaces -- the space bar is so easy to hit with the
 | thumb... 
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