Suggested coding style

Devin Jeanpierre jeanpierreda at gmail.com
Fri Sep 30 01:07:28 CEST 2011


> However, as you use the new format method you will come to appreciate
> it. It's an adult beverage with an acquired taste. ;-)

Yeah. It's a much more difficult to read thing, but once you learn how
to write it it flows faster.

Of course, I never managed to learn how to write it...

I would suggest that rather than being "complicated" it is "dense".

> PS: Has anyone noticed all the off topic chatter about religion and
> feelings? Since the main subject of this thread is about zfill i can't
> help but wonder if the minions where sent out to present a distraction
> with "scripted" pseudo arguments. Just an observation.

May I suggest a email client that can group mailing list threads?
Also, not accusing others of conspiracies.

Devin

On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM, rantingrick <rantingrick at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sep 29, 5:12 pm, Ian Kelly <ian.g.ke... at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 6:23 AM, rantingrick <rantingr... at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > A specific method for padding a string with ONLY zeros is ludicrous
>> > and exposes the narrow mindedness of the creator. The only thing worse
>> > than "zfill" as a string method is making zfill into built-in
>> > function! The ONLY proper place for zfill is as an option in the
>> > str.format() method.
>>
>> > py> "{0:zf10}".format(1234) -> "00000000001234"
>>
>> Agree that zfill seems to be redundant with str.format, although your
>> suggested syntax is atrocious, especially since a syntax already
>> exists that fits better in the already-complicated format specifier
>> syntax.
>
> It's interesting that you find the format specifier "complicated". I
> will admit that upon first glance i lamented the new format method
> spec and attempted to cling to the old string interpolation crap.
> However, as you use the new format method you will come to appreciate
> it. It's an adult beverage with an acquired taste. ;-)
>
> One thing that may help format noobs is to look at the spec as two
> parts; the part before the colon and the part after the colon. If you
> break it down in this manner the meaning starts to shine through. I
> will agree, it is a lot of cryptic info squeezed into a small space
> HOWEVER you would no want a verbose format specification.
>
> But i wholeheartedly agree with you points and i would say the zfill
> method has no future uses in the stdlib except for historical reasons.
> We should deprecate it now.
>
>
>> "{0:=010d}".format(1234) -> "0000001234"
>>
>> There are a couple of warts with the existing implementation, however:
>>
>> 1) str.zfill() operates on strings; the .format() syntax operates on
>> numeric types.  I would suggest that the "=" fill alignment in format
>> specifiers should be extended to do the same thing as zfill when given
>> a string.
>
> EXACTLY!
>
> PS: Has anyone noticed all the off topic chatter about religion and
> feelings? Since the main subject of this thread is about zfill i can't
> help but wonder if the minions where sent out to present a distraction
> with "scripted" pseudo arguments. Just an observation.
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