Pythonic Explicitness

Still on my little mini-Python journey to determine if I have a future using Google App Engine. During my travels, I found The Zen of Python to be an interesting list, although item #2 baffles me:

Explicit is better than implicit

It doesn’t baffle me because I don’t understand it, or agree with it — I do, wholeheartedly. I’m a big bracket guy. I remember well a diatribe by my Ada professor in college about the use of explicit brackets (or BEGIN…END), even when the language doesn’t require it. I came to internalize his way of looking at programming.

Rather, it baffles me because Python code blocks are determined by the indent level of the code — which seems exceedingly implicit to me. Isn’t it?


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