I love assert

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Nov 11 21:34:01 CET 2014


On 11/11/2014 19:40, Peter Cacioppi wrote:
> I get the impression that most Pythonistas aren't as habituated with assert statements as I am. Is that just a misimpression on my part? If not, is there a good reason to assert less with Python than other languages?
>
> As far as I can tell, Python supports assert perfectly well. When run with the optimization flagging, the asserts are truly removed.
>
> I think one needs to take care with some basic assert coding - it's not a substitute for unit tests, it doesn't absolve you of normal exception responsibilities, and, most of all, it should be used for passive inspection and not action. But given these guidelines, I still find it very useful as "active comments".
>

Please check this out 
https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2013-November/660401.html 
as it was released to critical acclaim :)

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what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence




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