Python's simplicity philosophy

Dave Brueck dave at
Tue Nov 11 18:45:09 CET 2003

> > Part of the problem here is that just saying "only one way to do it" is
> > horrible misquote, and one that unfortunately misses IMO some of the
> > important parts of that "mantra":
> Well, perhaps anything like "only one way to do it" should be removed
> from the mantra altogether, since people keep misquoting it in order
> to support their position of removing beautiful features like reduce()
> from the language.

You're joking, right? It is one of the key aspects of Python that makes the
language such a good fit for me. Changing the philosophy because a *few*
people don't "get it" or because they are apt to misquote it seems crazy.


P.S. If reduce() were removed, none of my code would break. ;-)

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