While Python is incredibly intuitive, many people do not comprehend the basics of Python development. For them, I include here what is commonly called the "Zen of Python". Written originally as a humour piece by Tim Peters, the "Zen" details in short order the fundamental principles of Python software development.
The Zen of Python, by Tim PetersShould you ever lose sight of these principles and need them in your Python programming, simply open a Python shell and type "import this". As with most all things Python, help is just a click away.
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.
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!