The joy of coding Python should be in seeing short, concise, readable classes that express a lot of action in a small amount of clear code -- not in reams of trivial code that bores the reader to death.

GvR, 20 Mar 2002

A bot may injure a human being, or, preferably, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm, although laughing about either in the hearing of humans is MACNAM-017B3^H.

Tim Peters, 26 Mar 2002

"It works in Scheme" doesn't give me the warm fuzzy feeling that it's been tried in real life.

GvR, 02 Oct 2002

Most recipes are short enough for the attention span of the average Python programmer.

GvR, In the introduction to the Python Cookbook

We read Knuth so you don't have to.

Tim PetersPython Cookbook

Here's another technique that is faster and more obvious but that is often avoided by those who mistakenly believe that writing two lines of code where one might do is somehow sinful.

Tim PetersPython Cookbook

A fruitful approach to problem solving is known as "divide and conquer", or making problems easier by splitting their different aspects apart. Making problems harder by joining several aspects together must be an example of an approach known as "unite and suffer!"

Alex MartelliPython Cookbook

compromise-is-the-art-of-spreading-misery-ly y'rs

Tim Peters, 11 Dec 2002

As for Grail, it was certainly a "hot product" in the Python community in 1995 because of the restricted execution environment which I evaluated for a project involving mobile software agents. How priorities and trends have changed since then! Who would have thought that Microsoft Outlook would be the premier platform for mobile code?

Paul Boddie, 16 Jan 2004

I mean, if I think about my open-source contributions, nobody wants to see talks with these titles:

* The Zope API Reference: Ouch * A Random Handful Of Bugs I've Fixed In Other Peoples' Code * An Old Crufty Project I Inherited That Has Zero Relevance To You * The Joy of Preemptive Abandonware: Release Late, If Ever (or, Software Design as a Nihilistic Abstract Art Form) (or, Sourceforge as a Medium for Cryptic Time Capsules)

Paul Winkler, 14 Mar 2005

Syntax should not look like grit on my monitor.

Anthony Baxter, 02 Jun 2005

Can this not be resolved by carefully adjusting the order of finalization? If code can be bootstrapped it can be strootbapped.

Kristján Jónsson, 30 Jun 2006

Python resembles Lisp like an octopus eye resembles a mammalian eye: they have lots in common because they're both pretty good solutions to similar problems. Deciding whether it's Python or Lisp that has the retina fitted back-to-front is left as an exercise for the reader.

Gareth McCaughan, 11 Jul 2006

As Neal said, we are not perfect; bugs happen. If we all gave up on a piece of software after two bugs we would not be able to turn our computers.

Brett Cannon, 13 Jul 2006

... I've come to believe that some people have the personality traits that let them tolerate redoing the same work over and over again for no reason other than management "furniture rearranging", whereas others start to resent having their (working) life repeatedly flashed before their eyes, but in slightly different colours, over a longer period of time.

Paul Boddie, 29 Aug 2006

I am the very model of a modern major database, For gigabytes of information gathered out in userspace. For banking applications to a website crackers will deface, You access me from console or spiffy user interface. My multi-threaded architecture offers you concurrency, And loads of RAM for caching things reduces query latency.
The data is correctly typed, a fact that I will guarantee,
Each datum has a data type, it's specified explicitly.

Tim Chase, 12 Sep 2006


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