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On 2010-11-02, D'Arcy J.M. Cain <darcy at druid.net> wrote:
> You have problems. Indentation as syntax isn't one of them.
In the absence of indentation as syntax, they haven't bugged me.
> "No one
> knows why" email is being "magically" transformed?
Yay for a large company IT department with both MS and Blackberry
> Your editor has a
> mind of its own? Yikes!
It is extremely useful to me to have spaces converted to tabs
for every other file I edit.
>> I've lost more time to indentation issues in Python in a month than
>> I've lost to mismatches between indentation and flow in C in twenty
> Your experience is 180 from mine.
Could be. But really, I've simply never seen a real problem with
flow/indentation mismatches in C.
>> At least in C, if I see:
>> if (foo)
>> I *know* that something is wrong.
> Does it look right? With Python looking right and being right are the
> same thing.
No, they aren't. See... That would work *if I knew for sure what the intent
Does it look right? We have *no idea*, because we don't actually know
whether quux was *intended* to be in the else branch or whether that's a typo.
So the only way I can figure that out is by fully figuring out the function
of all the code bits -- meaning I have to fully understand the code, same
as I would to debug the C. The fact that indentation is flow control
just means I have only one set of cues, so I can't watch for mismatches.
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