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CS Document 2944-v2

Python Best Practices

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Randolph Herber
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07 Oct 2008, 15:49
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Written for CD/LSC/DBI/DBA by Randolph J Herber, Oct 6, 2008.

This document tries to describe some of the issues involved
in using the Python language properly.
Python has typed values instead of typed variables,
which means the programmer and code reviewer needs to
assure that appropriate values are passed to functions and methods.
Python uses white space instead of punctuation or keywords to
delimit boundaries of program constructs,
which means the programmer and code reviewer needs to
assure that only and all appropriate code is within
such program constructs.
When Python detects programming errors, it usually is at execution time;
therefore testing is required.
Python supports object oriented design and coding.

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Notes and Changes:
Syntax errors in some examples and experiments showed that
'from' statement placement as implemented in the compiler
are less strict than the language documentation indicates.
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