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

Steve Holden steve at
Sat Jan 24 02:31:08 CET 2009

Mark Wooding wrote:
> Steven D'Aprano <steve at> writes:
>> I did? Where did I make that assumption?
> I inferred it from the juxtaposition, apparently in error.  Sorry.
>> What I said was that the model "The code is the whole team's ownership" 
>> doesn't work well for large projects. *One* reason it doesn't work for 
>> large projects is that you will invariably have cowboys who, given half a 
>> chance, will code irresponsibly *if you let them* by encouraging the 
>> attitude that, sure, that class written by the database backend team 
>> belongs to everyone, never mind that you're in the UI team, go right 
>> ahead and use whatever internals you like.
> `Cowboys' will code irresponsibly anyway; they need reeducating gently
> with a stick.
Unfortunately on large projects it's impossible to avoid cowboys, and
some of them are completely lost to reason.


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