From Perl to Python

As part of the process of relearning Python, I tried converting my csv2qif script from Perl. It took me a while to get round the different syntax, particularly for reading from files, but the comprehensive documentation helped me over most of the stumbling blocks.

In the past I’ve always been a bit dubious about Python’s use of whitespace as syntax, and I still feel my fingers hovering over the semi-colon and curly brace keys. However, I think the end result is a lot cleaner than the Perl version, and I’ve started to realise that syntax denoting end of statements, blocks etc. is more for the interpreter’s benefit than mine.

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