Convention vs. fascism (was: General direction)

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Thu Jan 15 21:58:49 CET 2009

Steven D'Aprano <steve at> writes:

> On Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:08:37 +0100, Diez B. Roggisch wrote:
> > Familiarize yourself with PEP8 for naming and coding-conventions
> > first.
> Enough of the PEP8-fascism please. It is not compulsory to follow
> PEP8 in order to be allowed to learn Python. If Guido wanted it
> compulsory, he'd have made the compiler enforce it.

You are responding to something in Diez's message that I can't see.
Nowhere does he say anything about PEP 8 being compulsory. Quite the
contrary, he suggests gaining *familiarity* with PEP 8, and calls it a
set of *conventions*.

> Having said that, I will *suggest* to the Original Poster that you
> should follow PEP8 as much as possible. It will save you a lot of
> grief in the long run.

This, on the other hand, seems pretty much a re-phrasing of what Diez
already said.

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