[Python-Dev] bytes-like objects

Serhiy Storchaka storchaka at gmail.com
Sun Oct 5 23:58:02 CEST 2014

On 06.10.14 00:24, Greg Ewing wrote:
> anatoly techtonik wrote:
>> That's a cool stuff. `bytes-like object` is really a much better name
>> for users.
> I'm not so sure. Usually when we talk about an "xxx-like object" we
> mean one that supports a certain Python interface, e.g. a "file-like
> object" is one that has read() and/or write() methods. But you can't
> create an object that supports the buffer protocol by implementing
> Python methods.
> I'm worried that using the term "bytes-like object" will lead
> people to ask "What methods do I have to implement to make my
> object bytes-like?", to which the answer is "mu".

Other (rarely used) alternatives are "buffer-like object" and 
"buffer-compatible object".

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