Del's "except"ional PEP Rejection
Raymond Arthur St. Marie II of III
rastm2 at aol.commorespam
Sun Jul 27 09:13:48 CEST 2003
Ladieees and Gentilmen and Pyth-O-neers of all ages.
Step right up.
Don't be shy.
Come one come all.
Be the first on your block
*THE* one *THE* only
Exception you won't find
any where but here!
The Exception that's Exceptional!
It's the "elif from lamdba except" Exception.
(The only Exception that don't
need an "except" clause,
Because it *IS* one.)
It's the story of Del, an intermitantly deaf,
intermitantly nauseated importation executive
with Print Global Inc.
Del's a company man,
and the 150 year old, family owned
company needs someone
to lead them all into the 21'st Century.
Having over heard...
( It's amazing how some people who seem
deaf at times can hear things
was supposed to be a
closed door meeting between )
...the VP of Statis
talking down to
the 85 year old Chief of Data Processing ...
( History Note--that's what they
used to call them you know --
worked his way up from crank turner
-- but I digress )
what was I saying oh yeah
Del over heard the VP telling the old guy,
"Hell, my 12 year kid stuck *some* kinda snake,
wait it was a python,
yeah he stuck a python in
an old Apple II
that was in the attic a week ago
Sunday and started typeing like
mad and by Thursday he was
telling me that he had gone
GLOBAL and wouldn't
need his allowance anymore.
No it's time to upgrade.
Shut down the ENIAC."
Cut to the "ever butt kissing" Del, half deaf, sitting
in Python school.
Well, sorta sitting 'cuz' Del's got
bowel problems and he needs another pass from the
Instructor to go to the lav.
Sitting on the pot, like a splash,
a thought hits him.
( gosh I hope it was just a thought )
Ya see, Dan didn't just volenteer for this mission,
he was holding back from the company.
He new a litte "c" code. Just enough to be dangerous,
and it made him sick to his stomach.
But this Python Language!
He truely understood and liked what he was learing.
Python was indented so you could read it like
a self respecting human being.
It was impressive to him, the way you could write your
code in the interpreter, and did't have to declare
anything or agonize while you waited to see if it worked.
He liked the way "elif" statements made case switches
easier to code and understand.
How "from" this "import" that made code re-usable.
How "lamda" could define a function in a function
without having to define a function for a function.
How exceptions could be used to make programs that
worked the first time.
He loved the "while loops" and the list comprehensions
that had little "for loops" and "if"s in them.
He like how any one on the planet,
with enough money to
maintain a computer and an internet connection,
could just be so very proud that they had their
by the most intelligent, helpful,
thoughtful, and kindest people on Earth.
Sitting right there on the throne of inspiration
he came up with the only
exception that uses all the keywords,
types all in one color in the editor,
and makes sense to only him,
so he sent in a PEP to be rejected...
wait for it
wait for it
The elif from lambda except: statment
elif from lambda except:
while del is not def:
[import exec for print global]
raise and return break pass in class
yeild if assert
By Raymond St. Marie (Rastm2 at aol.com -- don't laugh,
it's been free since I lost my job in January)
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