Python style guidelines

Jorgen Grahn jgrahn-nntq at
Fri Mar 12 20:29:25 CET 2004

On Thu, 11 Mar 2004 17:39:31 -0500, Will Berry <wberry at> wrote:
> Style guidelines and coding standards are the devil!  I would enjoy 
> nothing more than reading an ACM paper entitled "Coding Standards 
> Considered Harmful".  I've never seen a single real-life case where the 

Not an ACM paper, but ...

Disclaimer: it's an unfinished draft, and it was written in anger
during a period when I was ruled by a really stupid standard.

> argument for coding standards for that reason.  Or, for large projects 
> and open source projects, have an auto-styler run on all checked-in 
> code.  That would at least do away with the spaces-or-tabs problem.

Argh! An auto-styler is the only thing I would hate more than a coding
standard... Coding style is style. People have style, programs do not.


PS. I just read that PEP for the first time, and it's one of the most
reasonable style guides I've seen (meaning I already did most of that ;-).

  // Jorgen Grahn <jgrahn@      ''If All Men Were Brothers,
\X/      >    Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?''

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