What is the class of myobj?

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Wed Oct 16 03:46:16 CEST 2002


JXStern wrote:

> I want to write something like:
> 
> If ClassOf(myobj) == "MyClass": print "OK!"
>   or
> If ClassOf(myobj) == MyClass: print "OK!"   # no quotes on class
> 
> The best I've found in Python is based on str(myobj.__class__).
> 
> What's the official way?

isinstance(myobj, MyClass)

Though the Pythonic way is to just assume it's got the right interface;
if it doesn't, an error will get raised and you can handle the problem
at that point.

This is particularly important when you're expecting a sequence type,
but there's no convenient test you can use to find _all_ sequence types
(including a user-defined type that implements a sequence interface)
short of just using it and seeing if a problem occurs.

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