Chapter 4. Choosing Good Names

Most of the standard library was built keeping usability in mind. For instance, working with built-in types is done naturally and was designed to be easy to use. Python, in that matter, can be compared to the pseudo-code you might think about when working on a program. Most of the code can be read out loud. For instance, this snippet is understandable by anyone:

>>> if 'd' not in my_list:
...     my_list.append('d')
... 

This is one of the reasons why writing Python is so easy when compared to other languages. When you are writing a program, the flow of your thoughts is quickly translated into lines of code.

This chapter focuses on the best practices to write code that is easy to understand and use, through:

  • The usage of ...

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