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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Python Easter Eggs

In Python, there are a few neat little modules that aren't really intended for programming, but rather for .. whatever!

The Zen of Python

The Zen of Python is a 19-line, short text written by long time pythoneer Tim Peters. It can be shown by importing this.

>>> import this
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!

Hello World

This cute little module simply prints "Hello World" to the console. It can only be imported once, then you have to reload it.

>>> import __hello__
Hello world!

Not a chance

If you do from __future__ import braces, it will give you a syntax error "not a chance". Read more about it here.

>>> from __future__ import braces
SyntaxError: not a chance


If you import antigravity, it'll bring you to the website of an xkcd comic. 

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