The Zen of Python (or batch?)

I’m working on learning Python and I’m sure all the Python people here know about the Zen of Python by Tim Peters (>>>import this), but I’m just really discovering it and find it beautiful as something that is philosophically bigger than just a programming language. Lately, I’ve found myself thinking about it while comping and organizing my batches, and I wanted to share it with folks who maybe hadn’t seen it before.

The Zen of Python
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!”


Creating batch setups that look good is indeed a zen state of mind for me. Also, I had converted some Zen koans here.

The Tao of Programming is another tongue-in-cheek adaptation of philosophical discussions.