The Zen of Python

Some years ago I mentioned the Zen of Python. But this time I’d like to expand a bit more.

To access The Zen of Python you could just run Python and execute “import this”:

carles@pinux:~$ python
Python 2.7.2+ (default, Dec 1 2011, 01:55:02)
[GCC 4.6.2] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> 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!

So, it just gives some suggestions about how to program in Python.
But, read it again… thinking that it gives some directions about how to live your life, or communicate with people, or whatever. It mainly works ūüôā (not each rule, but some rules).

Zen of Python: guiding your life!

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