Using non-ascii symbols
steve at REMOVETHIScyber.com.au
Tue Jan 24 23:15:29 CET 2006
On Tue, 24 Jan 2006 15:58:35 -0600, Dave Hansen wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Jan 2006 08:26:16 +1100 in comp.lang.python, Steven
> D'Aprano <steve at REMOVETHIScyber.com.au> wrote:
>>On Tue, 24 Jan 2006 10:38:56 -0600, Dave Hansen wrote:
>>> The latter, IMHO. Especially variable names. Consider i vs. ì vs. í
>>> vs. î vs. ï vs. ...
>>Agreed, but that's the programmer's fault for choosing stupid variable
>>names. (One character names are almost always a bad idea. Names which can
>>be easily misread are always a bad idea.) Consider how easy it is to
> I wasn't necessarily expecting single-character names. Indeed, the
> different between i and ì is easier to see than the difference
> between, say, long_variable_name and long_varìable_name. For me,
Sure. But that's no worse than pxfoobrtnamer and pxfoobtrnamer.
I'm not saying that adding more characters to the mix won't increase the
opportunity to pick bad names. But this isn't a new problem, it is an old
>>shoot yourself in the foot with plain ASCII:
>>l1 = 0
>>l2 = 4
>>pages of code
>>assert 11 + l2 = 4
> You've shot yourself twice, there.
Deliberately so. The question is, in real code without the assert, should
the result of the addition be 4, 12, 15 or 23?
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