FW: Newbie list question
skip at pobox.com
Fri Jul 13 13:53:34 EDT 2001
Mark> foo += 'c'
Mark> act like an append then? I always assumed it was the same as:
Mark> foo = foo + 'c'
Mark> which obviously should raise a TypeError. Here however it works,
Mark> in that it appends 'c' to the object to which foo refers and thus
Mark> to the object to which bar refers...
You can tell whether a variable name has been bound to a new object or not
by calling the id builtin function:
>>> foo = [1,2,3]
>>> foo += '4'
>>> foo += '567'
[1, 2, 3, '4', '5', '6', '7']
>>> foo += u"987"
[1, 2, 3, '4', '5', '6', '7', u'9', u'8', u'7']
That you can augment a list with a string may seem weird until you realize
that Python considers lists, tuples, plain strings, and Unicode strings to
all be sequences, hence the acceptability of augmenting a list with strings.
Skip Montanaro (skip at pobox.com)
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