The Zen of Python

From within the python repl run the command import this … and you will achieve the state of python zen.

Currently underway with a twice weekly ML class for the next few weeks and am excited to be writing python again. I originally started out coding python and then Ruby and then a whole lot of JavaScript and it feels good to be rereading these guiding principles and holding them front of mind.

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!


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