"pythonic"

Jack Diederich jack at performancedrivers.com
Thu Apr 17 18:35:58 CEST 2003


On Thu, Apr 17, 2003 at 03:39:44PM +0000, Courageous wrote:
> 
> >I do not know if this ignorance, laziness, or a meme, but I would like
> >to know if there a real definition of "pythonic". Anyone?
> 
> First you have to understand the word "unpythonic".
> 
> This is kind of like the word "communist". You know? During the
> 50's, your life was over if you were labeled a "communist"? 
> Guido, Tim, and team sit on a the Technical Committee for Un[ythonic
> Activities.

I know you were being tounge-in-cheek, but to be a Communist in the 50s was to
advocate the violent overthrow of the US government.  Today it just means
you like hanging out in espresso bars.  McCarthy might have been a self 
promoting dick, but there really _was_ a secret cabal out to get us. The fact
that they didn't succeed doesn't mean they didn't exist.

Back to humor, at a similar level of severity, "Unpythonic" would mean secretly
advocating (static typing | implicit is better than explicit | Guido getting 
hit by a bus and being replaced by Larry Wall).  To be "purged" would mean
having your CVS write permissions revoked.

can't-think-of-anything-clever-about-dead-and-red-ly,

-jack





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