Why no open(f, "w").write()?

Delaney, Timothy tdelaney at avaya.com
Mon Jun 3 08:53:55 CEST 2002

> From: John La Rooy [mailto:larooy at xtar.co.nz.avaya.com]
> It's unlikely to be explicitly documented. from the docs...
> The file() constructor is new in Python 2.2. The previous 
> spelling, open(),
> is retained for compatibility, and is an alias for file().
> So you shouldn't be using open() in new programs anyway

Yes - but *file objects* have been part of Python for a long time, and the
docs do not state anywhere I could find (I may be wrong) that *file objects*
have a destructor that closes the file.

The name used to create a file object (be it file, open or wibble) is

Tim Delaney

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