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

Adam Olsen rhamph at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 06:02:18 CET 2008

On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 6:59 PM, Mike Klaas <mike.klaas at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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__
> 1 .__doc__

It's only awkward on constants, which should be pretty rare for a
numbits property.  The expected use case is on a variable.

Adam Olsen, aka Rhamphoryncus

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