Identation idiocy (was Re: Why so few Python jobs?)

Carlos Gaston Alvarez cgaston at
Tue Sep 25 09:49:26 CEST 2001

May we we should call identy issue identation advantage' because it forces
you to write readable code.
I prefer myself to use C like {}, it feels better for me. I use the
identation anyway, but I see it more grafical the beggining and end of a
statement. May be because I am really used to program C, C++ and Java.
But if you reserve {} then you cant write those so easy dictionaries.



ps: is a tradeof.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Hansen" <peter at>
Newsgroups: comp.lang.python
To: <python-list at>
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 6:04 AM
Subject: Identation idiocy (was Re: Why so few Python jobs?)

> Dave Swegen wrote:
> >
> > At my workplace python is viewed with extreme suspicion by the
> > software engineering people for one simple reason: They're extremely
> > suspicious of the indentation issue (see my earlier post on this).
> > Apart from that they think it seems like a fine language. Ho hum. I'll
> > get there in the end.
> I _really_ can't understand this kind of attitude, other than as
> being representative of the mentality that judges a book by its
> cover.  The indentation "issue" is a *non* issue, and even in this
> newsgroup where most of the complaints from newcomers probably
> show up, there has been remarkably little said against it.
> Personally, I read about the indentation "issue" before I even
> saw Python, thought "neat!", and decided to give it a chance.
> I haven't looked back and have *never* had a moment's complaint
> about indentation in Python.
> All this without even mentioning the serious *advantages*
> of Python's style of indentation.
> I consider people like the suspicious ones at your workplace
> to be a strong competitive advantage in favor of _my_
> workplace! :-)
> --
> ----------------------
> Peter Hansen, P.Eng.
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