Is this considered black magic?

Stewart, Robert stewart at
Wed Nov 14 16:23:17 CET 2001

> From: Andrew Dalke [mailto:dalke at]
> Laura Creighton:
> >What is the collective noun for 'attributes that aren't
> >methods (you can't call them)'?
> Python calls them "members".

I did a little checking and found this:

In that section of the tutorial, "attributes" are distinguished as "methods"
and "data attributes."

In 7.5.6, of the Python/C API Reference Manual, the type of Descriptor
Objects is PyProperty_Type, so that would call into question my recollection
of "properties" being an appropriate synonym for "data attributes."

So, "data attributes" would seem to be the sanctioned term, though I
consider "properties" to be better.

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