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Should there be one—and preferably only one—obvious way to do it?

Thomas Guest

Monday 17th, 14:30 (Ferrier Hall)

A talk (25 minutes)

TIMTOWTDI stands for “There is more than one way to do it”, an approach promoted by the Perl community.
A contrasting mantra appears in the Zen of Python, a list of aphorisms which summarise the guiding principles behind Python’s design. Item number 13 states: “There should be one — and preferably only one — obvious way to do it.”
This talk discusses these apparently different philosophies. It demonstrates that Python, like Perl, borrows features from other languages. Contrary to Item 13, there is — and has always been — more than one way to do it. Obviously.

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