Zen of Python


Since joining Sawhorse, I’ve been introduced to the wonderful worlds of Django and Python. In one of our documentation files, we have the following:

The Zen of CSS

See The Zen of Python. These all apply to front-end coding, too!

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, upon being surrounded by programmers and needing to remember the following:

  • code is an interface too
  • anything we write can be better
  • don’t overcomplicate things

I turned the Zen of Python into a wallpaper. Sounds so 2008. It’s been beautiful on my rMBP so far. So, here you are internet: download a very large .png

Back to all the things!