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The Zen Of Python August 22, 2008

Posted by razasayed in programming.
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Heres a list of 19 aphorisms which serve as guiding principles for any python hacker . In the python community, a solution or piece of code conforming to these principles is said to be “pythonic”.

  • 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!

These principles are also distributed with python (ofcourse its “batteries-included” 😉 ), hidden like an easter-egg . Just type the following at the python interpreter prompt to view it.

import this
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