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Python Write Better Python Cleaner Code PEP 8

Nathan McElwain
Nathan McElwain
4,575 Points

Why not camelCase?

It was my understanding that it was a stylistic choice, and not so much a PEP8 no-no.

3 Answers

Sue Dough
Sue Dough
35,798 Points

Function names should be lowercase, with words separated by underscores as necessary to improve readability in python.

Source - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/159720/what-is-the-naming-convention-in-python-for-variable-and-function-names

ghost code - You are absolutely right!

Kenneth Love
STAFF
Kenneth Love
Treehouse Guest Teacher

You can, of course, use whatever naming convention you want. PEP 008 just suggests using snake_case for variable names because it makes them very visually distinct from the CamelCased class names.

I agree, because it does make it easier to read the code.

CamelCase is the naming convention that can be used for variable as well as file names. CamelCase can be used instead of the underscore naming convention. An example of camelCase would be MyFakeFile and underscore would be my_fake_file.