Python is readable

Kiuhnm kiuhnm03.4t.yahoo.it
Thu Mar 15 16:05:58 CET 2012


On 3/15/2012 15:48, Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 1:30 AM, Kiuhnm
> <kiuhnm03.4t.yahoo.it at mail.python.org>  wrote:
>> Sorry, but I can't see how it would make it harder for humans to understand.
>> Are there particular situations you're referring to?
>
> In a trivial example, it's mostly just noise:
>
> if a == b    # who needs the colon?
>      print(c)
>
> But when your condition is more complicated, it's cleaner to
> explicitly mark the end of the condition. Also, Python allows you to
> put a simple body on the same line as the if, which is very handy:
>
> if a == b: print(c)
>
> Without the colon, this would be awkward to parse. And the bash style
> of using actual statement separators feels really weird, although it
> does mean that the newline is truly optional.

I had thought about the single-line case. What I hadn't thought about is 
that Python strives to be as regular as possible, so having different 
cases just for saving one keystroke isn't worth it.

Kiuhnm



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