[Python-Dev] n.numbits: method or property?

Mike Klaas mike.klaas at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 02:59:12 CET 2008

On 11-Nov-08, at 4:16 PM, Mark Dickinson wrote:
> More generally, what are the guidelines for determining
> when it's appropriate to make something a property rather
> than a method?

Both are awkward on numeric types in python, necessitating brackets or  
a space before the dot:

1 .__doc__

I'd suggest a third alternative, which is a standalone function in math:

from math import numbits:


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