Thursday, January 25, 2018


Free e-Learning Books at Packt

Just came across this link at Packt:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


The Zen of Python

I’ve recently been learning Python with the goal of using it alongside R for data science. It’s got a lot going for it as a language and the package (library) support covers just about every domain you can think of.

Many of the ‘C’ like languages seem intent on creating too much complexity for no other reason than ‘you can’, but Python takes a more pragmatic approach.

I particularly like the Zen of Python (PEP 20):

The Zen of Python, by Tim Peters

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!


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