$10K coding deathmatch
amcnabb at mcnabbs.org
Mon Nov 6 13:48:59 MST 2006
On Fri, Nov 03, 2006 at 05:00:24PM -0700, Levi Pearson wrote:
> On Nov 3, 2006, at 4:30 PM, Andrew McNabb wrote:
> >I'm a big fan of Python, but this example made me want to cry.
> >Grounds for first bullet:
> >> value = reduce(lambda x,y: 0 < abs(x-y) <= len(nums) and y or
> >> None, [int(item) for item in nums])
> >Grounds for second bullet:
> >> print '%smatch' % (not value and 'Not a ' or '')
> Are you objecting to the use of logical operators as conditionals?
> The list comprehension? The anonymous function? The functional
> style in general?
People should be shot for using logical operators as conditionals.
Also, you shouldn't inline a function unless it's short and concise.
It's really not hard to put a def statement just before the reduce.
> The program looks pretty clear to me, aside from using logical
> operators instead of conditionals, but AFAIK there's no explicit
> conditional expression in Python so one doesn't have much choice when
> attempting to program in functional style.
Have you ever heard of "if" and "else"? I usually call them
PGP Fingerprint: 8A17 B57C 6879 1863 DE55 8012 AB4D 6098 8826 6868
More information about the PLUG