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

Luis Zarrabeitia kyrie at
Thu Jan 15 14:57:17 CET 2009

Quoting Paul Rubin <""@NOSPAM.invalid>:

> Luis Zarrabeitia <kyrie at> writes:
> > Wait, do you _really_ believe that _static_ checks could prevent problems
> > arising from _unexpected_ conditions in the _data_?
> The data does not arrive from outer space on a magtape stapled to a
> meteor.  It comes out of another program.  Most of the problems in
> processing it come from mismatches between the processing programs and
> the generation programs.  Static checks would help eliminate those
> mismatches.

No, copy and paste from the original data structures would eliminate those
mismatches. A compiler checking the reimplementation of said data structres,
whatever the language, has no way of knowing if the structure matches.

Luis Zarrabeitia
Facultad de Matemática y Computación, UH

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