P*rl in Latin, whither Python?

Richard.Suchenwirth richard.suchenwirth at kst.siemens.de
Thu Nov 16 22:11:54 CET 2000


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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