Creating formatted output using picture strings ssteinerx at
Wed Feb 10 21:52:42 CET 2010

On Feb 10, 2010, at 3:40 PM, Grant Edwards wrote:

> On 2010-02-10, ssteinerX at <ssteinerx at> wrote:
>> On Feb 10, 2010, at 2:57 PM, Grant Edwards wrote:
>>> On 2010-02-10, python at <python at> wrote:
>>> [regardning "picture" output format specifiers]
>>>> I was thinking that there was a built-in function for this
>>>> common(?) use case
>>> I haven't seen that paradigm since my one-and-only exposure to
>>> COBOL in a class I took back in 1979.  Is the "picture" thing
>>> commonly used in other places than COBOL?
>> Seriously?
> Seriously.
>> I've seen it in dozens places other than COBOL over the years
>> in everything from templating languages to report generators,
>> to built-in support in a variety of languages (dBASE II
>> anyone?).
>> Haven't you ever had to get a e.g. a phone number or social
>> security number from user input?
> Nope.  I guess it's specific to certain application areas. I've
> never done any database type stuff.  I do mostly embedded,
> device drivers, networking/protocols, industrial automation,
> Unix system admin/automation, and scientific visualization.

Yah, I've hardly ever had to get SSN input from users in a device driver ;-).

That's what makes groups like this go 'round; we have all done different types of things which gives us all different perspectives.


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