[Chicago-talk] Expanded TMTOWTDI quote... Beuller? Anyone?

Sean Blanton sean at blanton.com
Mon May 18 08:48:06 PDT 2009

Rock on!


On Sun, May 17, 2009 at 12:58 PM, Clyde Forrester <ccf3 at mindspring.com>wrote:

> Clyde Forrester wrote:
>> I thought I read or heard an expanded version of TMTOWTDI somewhere.
>> Something like: "There's more than one way to do it, so try to do it the
>> [clearest|cleanest|most readable|most maintainable] way."
>> As opposed to, say: "There's more than one way to do it, so try to make it
>> look like a cat walked across your keyboard. No, really! It pisses Guido off
>> to no end."
>> But I'm not finding anything. Has anyone seen a quote like that?
>> Clyde
> The response has been:
>    [crickets]
> So, that's it? The Pythonistas win, hands down, right?
> Perl must rightfully go the way of Basic?
> Well, I found the quote:
>   Perl is designed to give you several ways to do anything, so
>   consider picking the most readable one.
>           --Larry Wall in the perl man page
> This is important to me.
> I use Perl because it's useful and it works.
> And I write readable Perl, because it's maintainable that way.
> And I occasionally have to tell off some people who think that
> Perl promotes a culture of gratuitous illegibility,
> or is designed for obfuscation.
> Clyde
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