open == file considered harmful (Re: [Python-Dev] RE: rexec.pyunuseable)

Greg Ewing greg at
Thu Dec 18 16:50:27 EST 2003

Michael Chermside <mcherm at>:

> The other misconception (apparently) is that the only real USE for
> accessing the __class__ attribute is for testing class membership. You
> said above that it's useful "for all sorts of reasons"... I'm
> wondering what they are.

Two that come to mind:

* Looking at the class's docstring

* Finding out what methods an object has

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