[Tutor] [OT] Re: While learning Py: To IDE or not to IDE?

Brian van den Broek brian.van.den.broek at gmail.com
Mon May 21 17:44:40 CEST 2012

On 21 May 2012 03:39, "Steven D&apos;Aprano" <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:
> boB Stepp wrote:


>> now on learning an IDE if it will save me time overall. IF it would be
>> beneficial now to learn an IDE, then it begs the question
> No it doesn't. It RAISES the question -- begging the question means to
*assume the answer in the question*, and it is a logical fallacy.
> "Notepad is the best editor, because no other editor is as good as
Notepad" is begging the question.


I am a philospher of logic and mathematics. Everytime I encounter 'begs the
question' used in the way which you here resist, a little piece inside me
dies. Thanks for fighting the good fight!

However, as I hear this on the BBC and CBC Radio, and read it in
periodicals I think ought be edited by those who know better, I confess I
feel the worthy battle is lost.

As W.V.O. Quine said:

  We cannot stem the tide of linguistic
  change, but we can drag our feet.


Brian vdB
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://mail.python.org/pipermail/tutor/attachments/20120521/c504f5af/attachment.html>

More information about the Tutor mailing list