Arithmetic sequences in Python
steve at REMOVEMEcyber.com.au
Wed Jan 18 23:48:40 EST 2006
Steven Bethard wrote:
> I'm not sure I find it truly hateful, but definitely unnecessary.
> TOOWTDI and all...
TOOWTDI Considered Harmful.
There is confusion between "There's Only One Way To Do
It" and "There's One Obvious Way To Do It". The first
is pejorative, harmful if it were true but stupid since
it is never true. There is never only one way to do
anything but the most trivial things. Perhaps there is
only one way to do a null-op, (pass), but that's about it.
Even when people mean One Obvious and not Only One, it
is still harmful because the emphasis is wrong. The
emphasis is on the *restrictive nature* of a language
which merely gives one obvious way of doing things.
The motto from the Zen of Python is far more nuanced
and sensible, although not as snappy:
"There should be one-- and preferably only one
--obvious way to do it."
The emphasis in the Zen is about *enabling* Python to
have at least one (and preferably only one) obvious
ways to do things. The Zen is about making sure that
solutions are obvious in Python; TOOWTDI is about the
paucity of solutions in the language, and I cringe
every time I see it. See the difference?
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