very good reasons?

Glyph Lefkowitz glyph at no.spam
Sat Sep 30 01:48:09 CEST 2000

Grant Griffin <g2 at> writes:

> >If you could write
> >
> >  sorted_arr = arr.sort()
> >
> >then people might get surprised that arr changed.
> Well, I had thought of that, but it didn't really seem compelling to me: I can't
> find anything in Tim's "Python Philosophy"* that it specifically violates.
> (unlike-some-of-2.0's-new-features-<wink>)-ly y'rs,

"Explicit is better than implicit."

If you say "sorted = arr.sort(); foo(sorted)", you're only implying
that arr changed, whereas if you say "arr.sort(); foo(arr)" you're
stating it explicitly.

Glyph Lefkowitz
Professional -- Software Engineer,  Origin Systems
Amateur      -- Computer Scientist, Twisted Matrix Enterprises
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