What is Python good for?

Markus Schaber markus at schabi.de
Thu Sep 13 20:40:51 CEST 2001

maxm <maxm at normik.dk> schrub:

> "Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams" <ignacio at openservices.net> wrote in message
>> Here's something that came up recently that if it doesn't make you go
>> "ooh-ahh", then it will make you go "whoa":
>> >>> def a():
>> ...   return 'abc'
>> ...
>> >>> def b():
>> ...   return 123
>> ...
>> >>> a.func_code=b.func_code
> wouldn't a = b satisfy your need for whoas here ?

No, not always.

Imagine there's some other reference to the function referenced by a. 
Then your assignment would have no effect on the third reference, but 
Ignacios example would change the function itsself (instead of 
assigning a new function to the name a), so the change is visible to 
the user of the other reference, too.

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