Python rocks

Josiah Carlson josiah.carlson at
Sat Jun 2 22:32:06 CEST 2007

Mark Carter wrote:
> Not that I'm particularly knowledgeable about language design issues, 
> but maybe closures and slightly different scoping rules would be nice.

Python has had closures for years.  What kind of scoping did you desire?

 > A
> pitfall of Python is knowing whether an operation is destructive or not. 

If it returns None, it probably changes the content of an object.

> I guess if it was a purely functional language, that particular question 
> wouldn't arise.

You can certainly do your programming in a functional style with Python. 
  List comprehensions and generator expressions are very good for this 
kind of thing.

 > Oh, and when I read a line, I'd like it to get rid
> of the trailing line-ending characters.

Refuse the temptation to guess.  As many people want to keep the 
newlines as not (it disambiguates the case of end of file and blank 
line), and it is a simple thing to deal with: line.rstrip('\r\n') .

  - Josiah

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