New to Python - block grouping (spaces)yhoni

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 15:50:41 CEST 2015


On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 11:18 PM, alister
<alister.nospam.ware at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> be warned you may find it creates (or increases ) an extreme dislike for
> C & other languages that require braces & semicolons, it did for me
> (especially the semi-colon!)

I'd just like to add to this that the lack of semicolon in Python
works well because, and *only* because, Python has a lot of other
rules that also are newline-sensitive. ECMAScript code sometimes runs
foul of the "oops I left off a semicolon and my program did something
weird" problem, which Python code almost never will. (Partly that's
because Python prefers to raise SyntaxError in ambiguous cases,
whereas ECMAScript tends to assign meaning to them one way or
another.) If you're writing ECMAScript code, you probably want to keep
all the semis, but in Python, they don't help you at all.

And yet they're both classed as optional. Does that seem right to you? :)

ChrisA



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