New to Python - block grouping (spaces)

Larry Hudson orgnut at
Sat Apr 18 07:28:29 CEST 2015

On 04/17/2015 07:22 PM, Ben Finney wrote:
> BartC <bc at> writes:
>> (Actually *I* would quite like to know why languages don't have
>> switchable syntax anyway to allow for people's personal preferences.)
> Which people's personal preferences? Are these the same people who have
> such passionate disagreement about tabs versus spaces?
> If you only write programs that will only ever be read by you and no-one
> else, feel free to maintain a fork of Python (or any other language)
> that suits your personal preferences.
> Too much effort? Or maybe you sometimes want others, whose preferences
> may not exactly match yours, to collaborate on programs you write? Then
> I think you have your answer of why such personal perferences are not
> switchable in the languages we actually use.
I always find discussions like these rather amusing.

 From a practical standpoint, no matter now passionately someone feels about this sort of thing, 
it is ultimately totally irrelevant.  The language (whatever language or subject it is) is 
already defined.  You either use it as it exists or go on to something else.  EOD! 

The exception, of course, is if you are actively involved in the defining and creating something 
new.  But otherwise, take it or leave it.

Naturally you are permitted to have your own opinions, whether passionate or otherwise, but it's 
not worth arguing about.

      -=- Larry -=-

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