__str__ vs. __repr__

Jeremy Hylton jeremy at cnri.reston.va.us
Tue Nov 9 20:45:35 CET 1999


>>>>> "TP" == Tim Peters <tim_one at email.msn.com> writes:

  [Toby Dickenson:]
  >> Tim's Rat class is a good example of how __repr__ should not be
  >> implemented, because it exposes the internal representation of
  >> the object, not the external value.

  TP> Beg to differ: it's an excellent example of how __repr__ should
  TP> be implemented.  

It's no accident that the function is called __repr__.  It's role is
to expose the representation.

Jeremy





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