Using __repr__ or __str__ for own printable class?
cben at techunix.technion.ac.il
Sun Apr 13 19:10:32 CEST 2003
Tim Peters wrote on 2003-04-12:
> OTOH, no type other than a string type seems to feel a pressing need for
> more than two convert-to-string gimmicks, and the basic container types
> don't even distinguish repr from str (str(list) and repr(list) act the same
> today because they are the same today).
Well, it is true that things will get confusing with strings. But
when you do an str() of a list, how much do you care for it? Perhaps
it's worth to apply str() in list.__str__, keeping list.__repr__ for
the cases when you need an unambiguos representation? I.e. leve it up
to the user to decide whether he will be confused.
Beni Cherniavsky <cben at tx.technion.ac.il>
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