Definition of Pythonic?
emmanuel.surleau at gmail.com
Sat Apr 11 20:17:28 CEST 2009
On Saturday 11 April 2009 18:00:58 John Yeung wrote:
> On Apr 11, 10:08 am, Emmanuel Surleau <emmanuel.surl... at gmail.com>
> > Having written a few trivial scripts in Python, I'm curious as
> > to how you would sum up the Pythonic philosophy of development.
> A couple of others have already mentioned the Zen of Python, available
> at the Python command prompt. I would agree with that, but also add
> the caveat that none of the principles expressed there are hard-and-
> fast rules. Hopefully that is clear from the quasi-contradictory
> nature of the principles, but inevitably there will be some people who
> complain that Python breaks this or that "rule" from the Zen.
Thank you all for the nice and prompt replies to what is a typical newbie
question, which is bound to come back regularly. And no, you can't make
everybody happy, per definition.
> The fact is, it's impossible to satisfy every principle in every
> situation. To me, Python distinguishes itself for how well it
> balances all of them. "Compromise" is a word that comes up a lot when
> talking about the design of Python. To some, that has a negative
> connotation; to me, it's an inevitable consequence of being practical.
That's fine with me: after all, you can't do software engineering without
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