Yeah, I agree, I've also reluctantly come to the conclusion that significant whitespace as the only option can suck a bit - places too many demands on the editing tools, clipboard etc. Definitely a double-edged sword.
But python is nicer to read and has great libraries for a lot of things. Hey-ho. Can't have everything, eh?
I agree with anonymous coward below - I don't see how list comprehensions and generators are clearer than 'map' and 'reduce' (or is there some other reason you think generators and list comprehensions are better?
I use list comprehensions and generators, and it's fine; but frankly they're not that self-explanatory or intuitive. For a language that aspires to be almost pseudo-code, python sure has its share of weirdness and magic.
kind of answers that one, doesn't it?
perhaps someone ought to fork it and fix it up... http://writeonly.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/whython-python-for-people-who-hate-whitespace/
Herbert did have a point you know
Surely there are different sorts of errors, which would suggest different approaches for dealing with them?
I guess it's pretty hard/futile to deal with most of these issues at a language level, because the appropriate course of action and channels of communication depend on the system. It strikes me that most of this stuff is something a domain-specific framework or API should be handling.
Somebody modded me down for that?
I like python, and use it a fair bit, but the news hardly comes across as an endorsement, does it? To be fair I'm not sure Python is a super-fantastic fit for Google - it may be easy to read, excellent for prototyping, glue, and access to useful (esp. scientific) libraries; but it's not the absolute best language for text processing, web stuff, GUIs or speed.
In my case, was that Google are moving away from Python. Also see the last answer here:-
Perhaps there are some anonymous Googlers out there that are brave enough to comment?
"Lisp in C's clothing"
"Lousy Implementations" to blame
A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.