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* For indentation, use *four space characters* per level of indentation.
* When comparing C pointers, use == and != instead of the python operator "is".
2013-03-30 15:22:33 -07:00
This makes a visual distinction.
2013-03-30 06:17:52 -07:00
Design patterns
* From "The Zen of Python":
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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* cython -a will generate a report that shows your cython code, and each line
can be expanded by clicking to show the generated C code.
* cython does automatic dict <-> struct conversion with basic struct members
* Use a decorator for _METHOD_DEPRECATED
2013-03-30 15:22:33 -07:00
* When comparing C pointers, use == and != instead of the python operator "is".
This makes a visual distinction between C and py code and don't confuse the
reader as "==" and "is" has different meaning in python.
This last clarification is not true. We're actually comparing whether two
references are the same (pointer comparison) which is what the operator
"is" does in Python, not whether their value is the same, which is what
"==" does in Python.
This is a direct quote from Cython developer Stefan Behnel:
"If a user wants pointer comparison, "is" is the most explicit operator
w.r.t. Python semantics."
I don't mind if it's "==" for visual difference, but confusing everyone
by first telling them the operators' meaning in Python and then using them
in reverse is absolutely not acceptable.
/ kuuko
* Internal utility functions used in the bindings must start with an
underscore and must have the shortest name as possible.
This needs further discussion/expansion.
When we define a function with cdef it is not exposed to Python API.
This should be explicit enough to not need the underscore prefix, which
at best looks ugly, and at worst just plain confusing.
A function name should summarize its functionality in one clear text,
short sentence. We have both too long and too short names. And I admit to
being guilty of adding many of both.
Let's build up a short review so we can see where we stand with this and
make necessary corrections.
/ kuuko