Lists and Tuples

Roy Smith roy at
Mon Dec 8 04:42:17 CET 2003

In article <br0r2a$2572i2$1 at>,
 "Greg Ewing (using" <g2h5dqi002 at> 

> Douglas Alan wrote:
> > mwilson at (Mel Wilson) writes:
> > 
> >>   To me, it's a distinction without a difference.  Tuples
> >>*act* like immutable sequences, and I use them that way.  I
> >>don't know, though, that I won't get caught some day.
> > 
> > You'll be fine.  The only thing you have to watch out for is that some
> > rude folks here might call you names.
> That would add some spice to Python's error messages...
> Python 3.7 (#1, Sep 31 2007, 14:19:37)
> [GCC 5.6.7] on slartibartfast
> Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>  >>> t = (1, 3, 77, 654, 8)
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>    File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
> HumiliationError: The programmer is a pink-faced baboon (tuple used where
> list would be more appropriate)

In MVP (Microsoft Visual Python), the "auto-correct" function would just 
silently change the ()'s to []'s as you typed them.  If you tried to 
change them back, clippy would pop up on the screen and say, "You seem 
to be trying to do something un-pythonic.  Would you like some 
assistance?".  If you tried to make clippy go away, it would offer to 
"install this critical security patch immediately".

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