Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sneaky: the story behind "import this" and the Zen of Python

By Vasudev Ram -

If you start the Python interpreter and then at the prompt, type:

import this

you get what is called the Zen of Python.

Here is that output, on my PC:

>>> import this
The Zen of Python, by Tim Peters

Beautiful is better than ugly.
Explicit is better than implicit.
Simple is better than complex.
Complex is better than complicated.
Flat is better than nested.
Sparse is better than dense.
Readability counts.
Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
Although practicality beats purity.
Errors should never pass silently.
Unless explicitly silenced.
In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
Now is better than never.
Although never is often better than *right* now.
If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!

There's a cool story behind this.

Saw it here on Barry Warsaw's blog:

I am not at all a fan of Michael Jackson, though.

Speaking of Zen, do you know about Windows Haiku? GIYF.

I'm waiting for someone to publish some good Linux Haiku ...

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- Vasudev Ram
Dancing Bison Enterprises

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