__str__ vs. __repr__

Mikael Olofsson mikael at isy.liu.se
Wed Nov 10 08:04:37 CET 1999


On 10-Nov-99 Tim Peters wrote:
 >  No, in that case it would have been named __representation__.  __repr__ is
 >  actually an acronym, meaning Regular-Expression Parsable Rendition.
 >  Similarly __str__ is short for Simpler Than Repr.  I never learned what
 >  __init__ stands for -- it never interested Tim <wink>.

My God! I thought this language was supposed to be easy to handle, to
understand, and to explain. If __repr__ has nothing to do with 
representation and if __str__ has nothing to do with string, I guess
__init__ has nothing to do with initialization. That's not data 
compression; that's information hiding!

someone-should-be-programming-intercal-instead-ly y'rs
 
/Mikael

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