atmosphere on (WAS: How about "pure virtual methods"?)

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at
Sun Dec 19 23:25:14 CET 2004

Alex Martelli wrote:
> Definitely not the I recalled
> I guess I'm not going to stay around all that long this time.

That would be a sad loss for all of us out here who very much appreciate 
your very deep knowledge of Python and your willingness to share it.

I do understand the feeling though; Fredrik Lundh jumped at me only a 
few days ago when I said that I personally found list comprehensions 
more readable than map.  I certainly don't mind being advised or 
corrected if I've written incorrect or even just suboptimal code, but 
attacking a person's mental processes seems kind of needlessly 
aggressive to me.

I don't really have a good solution; despite the unnecessarily vicious 
comments, I don't feel like I can set my newsreader to ignore messages 
from, for example, Fredrik, because his answers, when not attacks, are 
often very insightful.  If you find a good solution to this problem, 
please let me know.


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