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

Russ P. Russ.Paielli at
Sat Jan 24 06:35:37 CET 2009

On Jan 23, 6:36 pm, Luis Zarrabeitia <ky... at> wrote:

> > Makes *no* sense? There's *no* good reason *at all* for the original
> > author to hide or protect internals?
> My bad, sorry.
> It makes sense... if the original author is an egotist who believes he must
> control how I use that library.

If the original author provides you with the source code and the right
to modify it, he cannot possibly control how you use the library. You
can trivially disable any access controls. But for some reason that's
not enough for you.

Has it occurred to you that some users might actually *want* access
controls? Maybe some users want to actually use the library as the
author intended it to be used. What a bizarre concept!

Oh, but only a paranoid fool could possibly want access controls, eh?
Who's the egotist here?

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