Py3K idea: why not drop the colon?
steve at holdenweb.com
Mon Nov 13 22:43:56 CET 2006
John Salerno wrote:
> Fredrik Lundh wrote:
>> John Salerno wrote:
>>>> Anyway, the FAQ answer seems to be a weak argument to me.
>>> I agree. I was expecting something more technical to justify the
>>> colon, not just that it looks better.
>> yeah, the whole idea of treating programming languages as an interface
>> between people and computers is really lame. no wonder nobody's using
>> Python for anything.
> personally, i don't mind the colon and see no need to lose it, but if we
> are talking in the realm of aesthetics, it actually seems like it would
> be cleaner if it weren't there...sure, at first everyone who is used to
> it might feel like something is missing, or the line is "hanging" open,
> but overall the less characters, the better, right? isn't that why the
> braces are gone?
No. The braces are gone because they don't assist a reader's
determination of block structure like indentation does. Otherwise why
would people write indenting pretty printers for C and the like?
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