Does Python really follow its philosophy of "Readability counts"?

r rt8396 at
Mon Jan 12 01:37:09 CET 2009

On Jan 11, 6:00 pm, Roy Smith <r... at> wrote:
> In article
> <34c95e04-5b3f-44bc-a5bf-498518507... at>,
>  "Madhusudan.C.S" <madhusuda... at> wrote:
> > In such situations, where the Instance variables come into existence
> > only when they are used it is very difficult to track the flow of code.
> As the saying goes, "It's possible to write Fortran in any language".
> My personal habit is to "declare" all instance variables in the __init__()
> method of every class.  If there's no better value, I set them to None.  
> This isn't strictly required, but I think it makes it easier for somebody
> reading the code to understand the class.
> I'm not a big fan of dogmatic rules, other than the rule that says you
> should make your code as easy for somebody else to understand as possible.

Roy i totally agree and as i read down this thread i was thinking i
might get to spit that out first but you beat me -- Darn!

PS: your explanation is also much more eloquent than mine would have
been  :)

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