Is there any advantage to using a main() in python scripts?
roy at panix.com
Wed Dec 11 15:20:29 CET 2013
In article <mailman.3895.1386766655.18130.python-list at python.org>,
marduk at letterboxes.org wrote:
> I would agree with the previous post but also add that I've stopped
> calling the main function "main()" and usually give it a more
> descriptive name, such as "bake_cookies()" or whatever. I think that
> that makes it clearer what it's doing when used as a library and the 'if
> __name__ == '__main__'" already implies that it is the "main" script
If you're writing a library that's meant to be imported by other
scripts, then that makes sense. I tend to use main() for things that
are done when your script is run as a stand-alone program. That usually
involves things like parsing command-line arguments, and configuring
logging, neither of which you'd want to do in an importable library.
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