choice between quotes thoughts

David Bolen db3l at
Thu Aug 9 22:52:37 CEST 2001

Roman Suzi <rnd at> writes:

> I wonder if there are idiomatic differences between quotes, but
> who knows? (apart from cases mentioned in the Style Guide)

For me, although initially it was most common to use " due to C/C++ as
an immediate predecessor language, I've moved over to using ' as the
preferred quote - except in mostly two cases:

* Strings containing ' (for which the most typical reason for me is
  writing SQL strings).
* Triple quoted strings (especially doc strings).

I think at least part of it is that ' is less dense than " when
viewing source, so it tends to stay out of the way a little bit more
for me.  And that's probably the same reason I still use " for the
triple quoted strings, as its density makes it easier to envision that
as a single token.

I hadn't thought about it until now, but back when I was a heavy Rexx
(same possibilities) user I ended up in the same state, so I must like
it this way :-)

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