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D'Arcy J.M. Cain
darcy at druid.net
Tue Nov 2 19:37:40 CET 2010
On 02 Nov 2010 17:58:06 GMT
Seebs <usenet-nospam at seebs.net> wrote:
> On 2010-11-02, D'Arcy J.M. Cain <darcy at druid.net> wrote:
> > "No one
> > knows why" email is being "magically" transformed?
> Yay for a large company IT department with both MS and Blackberry
> stuff involved.
"Large" is no excuse for incompetency.
> > 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.
So configure it to recognize Python files and act accordingly.
> No, they aren't. See... That would work *if I knew for sure what the intent
> if foo:
> 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.
And C has the same problem.
Is quux meant to be part of the else clause? The writer's indentation
suggests "yes" but the code says "no".
> So the only way I can figure that out is by fully figuring out the function
Same is true for the C code. In both cases you can tell what the code
will do (modulo weird macros in the C code) but the intention is
impossible to determine without mind reading abilities in both cases.
We do know that the Python code *appears* to be doing exactly what the
author intended and the C code *appears* to not be.
In either case, <syntax checker> != <debugger>.
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