Zen of ...

Tim Churches tchur at optushome.com.au
Tue Dec 16 19:51:10 CET 2003

On Wed, 2003-12-17 at 05:38, Gerrit Holl wrote:
> The Zen of Python, by Tim Peters
> Beautiful is better than ugly.
> Explicit is better than implicit.
> Simple is better than complex.
> Complex is better than complicated.
> Flat is better than nested.
> Sparse is better than dense.
> Readability counts.
> Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
> Although practicality beats purity.
> Errors should never pass silently.
> Unless explicitly silenced.
> In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
> There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
> Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
> Now is better than never.
> Although never is often better than *right* now.
> If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
> If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
> Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!
> Hi, shouldn't the Zen of Python really be called the Zen of Programming?

It is entirely possible to do programming in Perl, but the results bear
little resemblance to these desiderata.


Tim C

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