Boolean tests [was Re: Attack a sacred Python Cow]

Ethan Furman ethan at
Thu Jul 31 06:26:10 CEST 2008

Russ P. wrote:


> The reason I wrote that "it would be nice to be able to write"
> if x is not empty:
> is that it reads naturally.

[and more snippers]

Reads naturally?  For whom?  "Readability counts" does not mean "make it 
sound like english as much as possible".  There are good reasons for not 
having computer languages written in human language.  If that's really 
what you want, go join Dave Parker and Flaming Thunder.  Or write that 
preprocessor that someone keeps yammering about and have it take code 
the way you want to write it and convert it to actual Python.  Would be 
an interesting experiment, anyway.


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