invert or reverse a string... warning this is a rant

Hendrik van Rooyen mail at
Fri Oct 20 08:34:00 CEST 2006

 "Brad" <rtilley at> wrote:

> Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> > Gah!!! That's *awful* in so many ways.
> Thanks... I'm used to hearing encouragement like that. After a while you
> begin to believe that everything you do will be awful, so why even
> bother trying?
> <rant>
> It has been my experience that Python has discouraging forums with
> someone always calling someone else an idiot or telling them they are
> awful in some way. I love Python, but the community is way too negative,
> uptight and generally down on users who do not have PhD's in CS or Math.
> Do you have children? How would your child feel if he brought you
> something he had made and you then told him it was awful in *sooo* many
> ways. How does that reflect on you and the community you represent?
> Cut people who don't think like you some slack, OK?
> </rant>


This is kind of sad to see - what seems not be appreciated here is the genuine
effort that was put in by Stephen to critique the piece of code - not just a one
liner putdown, but a reasoned exposition, taking time...

and yes - it hurts at first to have your ego bruised - but look past that - and
see the genuine attempt to help.

- Hendrik

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