PEP8 and 4 spaces

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Mon Jul 7 04:50:18 CEST 2014

On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM, Steven D'Aprano
<steve+comp.lang.python at> wrote:
> The story of makefiles is a warning of the dark side to "release early,
> release often", and the dangers of using alpha software in production:
> [quote]
> Why the tab in column 1? Yacc was new, Lex was brand new. I hadn't tried
> either, so I figured this would be a good excuse to learn. After getting
> myself snarled up with my first stab at Lex, I just did something simple
> with the pattern newline-tab. It worked, it stayed. And then a few weeks
> later I had a user population of about a dozen, most of them friends, and
> I didn't want to screw up my embedded base. The rest, sadly, is history.
> -- Stuart Feldman
> [end quote]

Perhaps. Or perhaps it's a warning about the importance of version 0
of a piece of software: you "release early, release often", but you
start with version 0.1, where the standard backward compat guarantees
don't hold. You get some feedback, and then when you finally release
version 1.0, you start promising not to mess people's stuff up; but
before that, anything might change.


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