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

Simon Forman sajmikins at
Sun Jan 18 03:10:08 CET 2009

On Jan 11, 1:22 pm, "Madhusudan.C.S" <madhusuda... at> wrote:
>   I am sorry all I am not here to just blame Python. This is just an
> introspection of whether
> what I believe is right. Being a devotee of Python from past 2 years I
> have been writing only
> small apps and singing praises about Python where ever I go. I now got
> a chance to read
> Django's code for some reason. I have now strongly started feeling if
> Python really follows its
> "Readability Counts" philosophy. For example,
>     class A:
>     a = 10
>     b = "Madhu"
>     def somemethod(self, arg1):
>         self.c = 20.22
>         d = "some local variable"
>         # do something
>         ....
>     ...
>     def somemethod2 (self, arg2):
>         self.c = "Changed the variable"
>         # do something 2
>         ...
> 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. Its obviously not
> possible to remember what
> instance variable was defined where, when reading some substantial
> amount of code and where
> it was manipulated for that matter. It becomes so very frustrating
> even when reading a Class's
> code with just 6-8 methods and not more than 100-150 lines of code.
> I am interested in knowing if I am reading this kind of code in the
> wrong way mostly because
> of C++/Java hangover since most other languages follow the same
> approach as them? If there
> is a Pythonic way reading this code for better readability? What made
> Python developers to
> adopt this strange strategy keeping "Readibility Counts" in mind?
> -- Python Rocks!
>    Madhusudan.C.S

Python doesn't follow philosophies, people follow philosophies.


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