Problem with assigning variables of type List

Hans Nowak wurmy at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 23 00:39:24 CEST 2002


Greg Ewing wrote:

>> Well, the word "variable" does have the connotation of "a little box 
>> with a value in it, and assignment changes the value in that box"... 
>> That is not how it works in Python,
> 
> But it *is* how it works, as long as you understand
> that the only kind of value that a box can hold is
> a reference to an object.

OK. That's two ways of looking at the same thing. I prefer to think of things 
as objects with names bound to them, rather than pointers to objects in boxes. 
YMMV, of course.

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