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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.

(Zen of Python)

why in this poetry it says:

unless you're Dutch.

Is there any idiom in slang language?

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The inventor of Python is a Dutch programmer named Guido van Rossum. "Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch." is probably a reference to the inventor of Perl, Larry Wall, who is not Dutch. The Perl scripting language is well known for having many different ways to accomplish a task.

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I second @CollenV. Since one of the official mottos of Perl is:

TMTOWTDI (There's More Than One Way To Do It)

it's seems almost certain that "There should be one -- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it" is in response to Perl.

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