PEP scepticism

Maciej Pilichowski macias at
Tue Jul 3 08:36:44 EDT 2001

On Sun, 01 Jul 2001 10:06:14 -0400, Roy Smith <roy at> wrote:

>Having now used python for about 4 years, I still think 
>indentation-for-grouping was a dumb idea.  The problem is that it is just 
>too easy to add or delete whitespace by accident (and without noticing), 
>especially when cutting and pasting hunks of code from one place to 

In languages like Pascal and C I indent all my code to get clear look.
And I don't remember if I make mistake putting one less or one more
space in all those years. Besides:

		for i:=1 to 10 do
while not mytab.eof do

It sure will compile but is it an advantage? You have to correct this
mess anyway -- the only thing which is useless here is pairs of

And what's more -- pure indentation means full WYSIWYG. In such cases

if x==y:
  if q==w:
    print x
  print y

you don't have to remember rules of if-else joining. You _see_ it and
that's enough.

Recently I was really seriously mislead by omitting ";" in my Pascal
code in last line of "case" but just before "else". This type of
mistakes are not possible in Python /thank you Guido van Rossum :-))/.

have a nice day

Maciej "MACiAS" Pilichowski

z a k u p i e : pisma Komputer: 3/86,4/87

More information about the Python-list mailing list