coding conventions, PEP vs. practice

Roman Roelofsen r.roelofsen at tuxed.de
Wed Jan 5 01:50:43 CET 2005


Dear python-list,

while looking for some coding conventions for python programs, i found the 
PEP8 at http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0008.html. It defines the rules very 
well and leaves no space for interpretations. I guess thats a good thing :-) 
But when i started playing a bit with python and frameworks like Zope, 
Webworks, etc., i noticed, that a lot frameworks are using a different 
convention for methodnames. 

These frameworks are using "mixedCase" but PEP8 suggests 
"lower_case_with_underscores" except "in contexts where that's already the 
prevailing style" which is not the case here IMHO.

So, are there any specific reasons for breaking the rules here? I think 
consistent conventions are very important. Being a Java developer in the last 
couple of years, i learned how practical it can be to have only one naming 
style. 

Best regards,

		Roman




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