New to Python - block grouping (spaces)

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at
Thu Apr 16 19:41:19 CEST 2015

On Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:52 am, Blake McBride wrote:

> Thanks for all the responses.  I especially like the Pike pointer.  To be
> clear:
> 1.  I don't think languages should depend on invisible elements to
> determine logic.


> 2.  Having been an employer, it is difficult to force programmers to use
> any particular editor or style.  Different editors handle tabs and spaces
> differently.  This is all a bloody nightmare with Python.

Do you really expect us to believe for a microsecond that the choice
between "4 spaces" or "tab" is worse than the C brace wars?

If you, as an employer, cannot get your programmers to follow your in-house
style requirements, then what instructions can you get them to follow? Do
they even bother to show up? Other than on "lunch is on the boss" day?


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