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On 04/11/2010 16:49, Mark Wooding wrote:
> Seebs<usenet-nospam at seebs.net> writes:
>> Python's the only language I use where an obvious flaw, which is
>> repeatedly observed by everyone I know who uses the language, is
>> militantly and stridently defended by dismissing, insulting, and
>> attacking the character and motives of anyone who suggests that it
>> might be a bit of a nuisance.
> So you've not tried Lisp, then? Dissing Lisp's parentheses tends to get
> a pretty similar reaction.
> My observations on this general discussion.
> * Python is far from unique in its use of significant whitespace.
> Miranda was inferring program structure from indentation in 1985.
> Haskell and F# are more modern examples.
occam was doing it in 1983.
> * I don't have many problems with tools trashing whitespace in Python
> programs, though I have seen web forum software mangling
> indentation; since this makes nontrivial chunks of almost any
> programming language illegible, I'm more than willing to blame the
> forum software for this. I haven't personally seen indentation
> trashed by email software, for example (though I steer well clear of
> people who try to send me HTML mail).
If you don't use <pre> ... </pre> or some such then any programming
language is going to look bad!
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