Thought of the day

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at
Tue Jan 15 17:48:09 CET 2013

Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python <at>> writes:
> A programmer had a problem, and thought Now he has "I know, I'll solve 
> two it with threads!" problems.

Host: Last week the Royal Festival Hall saw the first performance of a new
logfile by one of the world's leading modern programmers, Steven
"Two threads" D'Aprano. Mr D'Aprano.

D'Aprano: Hello.

Host: May I just sidetrack for one moment. This -- what shall I call it --
nickname of yours...

D'Aprano: Ah yes.

Host: "Two threads". How did you come by it?

D'Aprano: Well, I don't use it myself, but some of my friends call me "Two

Host: And do you in fact have two threads?

D'Aprano: No, I've only got one. I've had one for some time, but a few
years ago I said I was thinking of spawning another, and since then some
people have called me "Two Threads".

Host: In spite of the fact that you only have one.

D'Aprano: Yes.

Host: And are you still intending to spawn this second thread?

D'Aprano: (impatient) No!

Host: ...To bring you in line with your epithet?

D'Aprano: No.

Host: I see, I see. Well to return to your program.

D'Aprano: Ah yes.

Host: Did you write this logfile in the thread?

D'Aprano: (surprised) No!

Host: Have you written any of your recent files in this thread of yours?

D'Aprano: No, no, not at all. It's just an ordinary daemon thread.

Host: I see, I see. And you're thinking of spawning this second thread to
write in!

D'Aprano: No, no. Look. This thread business -- it doesn't really matter.
The threads aren't important. A few friends call me Two Threads and that's
all there is to it. I wish you'd ask me about the logfile. Everybody talks
about the threads. They've got it out of proportion -- I'm a programmer.
I'm going to get rid of the thread. I'm fed up with it!

Host: Then you'll be Steven "No Threads" D'Aprano, eh?

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