Could you please tell me what is the meaning of "hence complaint" in this sentence:

We’ve brought back a positional argument, hence the complaint.

Combining Positional and Optional arguments

Thank you

  • It refers to the error message about square being missing.
    – verbose
    Commented Feb 11, 2017 at 3:34
  • The question in the title and body don't match.
    – user3169
    Commented Feb 11, 2017 at 7:13

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Computer people tend to anthropomorphize computers- to think of them as if they were human. When a compiler detects an error and displays an error message, they feel that the computer is complaining about their mistake.

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