Understanding "help" command description syntax - explanation needed

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Thu Nov 6 12:32:53 CET 2014


On 2014-11-06 04:05, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Wednesday 05 November 2014 21:52:42 Mark Lawrence did opine
> And Gene did reply:
>> 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 :)
> With, or without a toll booth and operator?
>
Both, make it configurable. In fact, make the length configurable too,
in case I want to use it across another river.



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