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

Mark Wooding mdw at
Sun Jan 25 19:08:39 CET 2009

"Russ P." <Russ.Paielli at> writes:

> Imagine a person who repairs computers. He is really annoyed that he
> constantly has to remove the cover to get at the guts of the computer.
> So he insists that computers cases should be made without covers.

Poor analogy.  He gets fed up that the computers he's meant to be
servicing are arriving in sealed containers which require specialist
tools to open.

> After all, manufacturers put covers on computers only because they
> don't trust us and think we're too "stupid" to safely handle an
> uncovered computer box.

It's more to do with keeping dust out, keeping air circulating, and
keeping fingers away from sharp edges.  Fortunately most computers are
actually shipped in cases one can remove easily, using household
tools -- or even no tools at all.  Why, anyone would think that you were
supposed to be able to grub about in there!

> That is logically equivalent to your position on enforced access
> restrictions in software.

It is now that I've fixed it.

-- [mdw]

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