Understanding "help" command description syntax - explanation needed

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Nov 6 03:52:42 CET 2014

On 06/11/2014 02:37, Dave Angel wrote:
> Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> Wrote in message:
>> On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 2:56 AM, Larry Martell <larry.martell at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> And I don't think
>>>> Larry was actually offended; it's just that some questions don't
>>>> really have easy answers - imagine someone asking a great
>>>> mathematician "But how do you KNOW that 2 + 2 is 4? Where's it written
>>>> down?"... all he can say is "It is".
>>> Yeah, I'm on a lot of lists and lately I've seen a lot of 'I'm not a
>>> programmer, but I want to write code and I need someone to tell me
>>> how." Gets to you after a while.
>> Too true. Those same people are unlikely to go to a gathering of civil
>> engineers and say "I'm no expert, but I want to build a bridge and I
>> need someone to tell me how", yet somehow it's expected to be possible
>> with software.
>> ChrisA
> Or I'm no expert but I need someone to show me how; build me one
>   here in my front yard.

Against a requirements specification that changes on a daily basis, I 
want it delivered yesterday and no you can't have any more resources to 
help out, so don't ask :)

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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