Python statements not forcing whitespace is messy?

James Stroud jstroud at
Sat Sep 15 21:48:37 CEST 2007

buffi wrote:
> Am I the only one that thinks that python statements should force
> whitespace before and after them?
> Right now this is not enforced and for an example these statements are
> valid
> print"hello"
> "foo"if"bar"else"foobar"
> for(x,y)in[(1,2),(3,4)]:print(x,y)
> [(y)for(x,y)in[("foo",2),("bar",4)]if"foo"in(x)]
> ...and so on.
> I know that writing code like this really shouldn't be done but
> wouldn't it be a good idea to enforce the use of whitespace around
> statements?
> (I wrote a short blog post about this here
> but thought I would post here as well to see what other developers
> think)
> - Björn Kempén

You may have a point--but on the other hand, this may be purposefully 
allowed help to recruit perl programmers.


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