[Python-3000] gettype

Talin talin at acm.org
Wed Aug 2 04:29:51 CEST 2006

tomer filiba wrote:
> that's surly anachronism :)
> o.__class__ is a little more typing and will surely scare newbies.
> moreover, type(x) and x.__class__ can return different things
> (you can fool __class__, but not type()).
> for my part, i'm fine with any form that makes a distinction between
> the metaclass "type" and the inquire-type "type".
> call it o.__class__, gettype() or typeof(), just don't mix that with
> the metaclass

 From a code style perspective, I've always felt that the magical 
__underscore__ names should not be referred to ouside of the class 
implementing those names. The double underscores are an indication that 
this method or property is in most normal use cases referred to 
implicitly by use rather than explicitly by name; Thus str() invokes 
__str__ and so on.

-- Talin

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