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

Bruno Desthuilliers bruno.42.desthuilliers at websiteburo.invalid
Wed Jan 14 17:56:38 CET 2009

Paul Rubin a écrit :
> "James Mills" <prologic at> writes:
>> You do realize this is a model and not strictly a requirement. Quite
>> a few things in Python are done merely by convention.
>> Don't get caught up.
> But, if something is done by convention, then departing from the
> convention is by definition unconventional.  If you do something
> unconventional in a program, it could be on purpose for a reason, or
> it could be by accident indicating a bug.  
> I don't understand why some folks spew such violent rhetoric against
> the idea of augmenting Python with features to alert you automatically
> when you depart from the convention, so that you can check that the
> departure is actually what you wanted.  A lot of the time, I find, the
> departures are accidental and automated checks would save me
> considerable debugging.

Given that the convention for "protected" attributes in Python is to 
prefix them with an underscore, I fail to see how one could 
"accidentally" mess with implementation details. Typing a leading 
underscore is rarely a typo.

Oh, BTW, IIRC, there are a couple lint-like apps for Python, some of 
them being able to warn you about most of these (potential) problems.

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