A file name like
exercise_1.pyis better than the name
exercise-1.py. We can run both programs equally well from the command line, but the name with the hyphen limits our ability to write larger and more sophisticated programs.
Why is this?
The issue here is that importing files with the hyphen-minus (the default keyboard key -;
U+002D) in their name doesn’t work since it represents minus signs in Python. So, if you had your own module you wanted to import, it shouldn’t have a hyphen in its name:
>>> import test-1 File "<stdin>", line 1 import test-1 ^ SyntaxError: invalid syntax >>> import test_1 >>>
Larger programs tend to be logically separated into many different modules, hence the quote
the name with the hyphen limits our ability to write larger and more sophisticated programs.
From that very document (p.368, Section 30.2 ‘Module Definition’):
Note that a module name must be a valid Python name… A module’s name is limited to letters, digits and “_”s.