Using __repr__ or __str__ for own printable class?
Greg Ewing (using news.cis.dfn.de)
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Mon Apr 14 08:00:19 CEST 2003
Mads Orbesen Troest wrote:
> documentation says __str__ is for the, quote, informal representation;
> whereas __repr__ is for the, quote, official representation. Furthermore,
> __reptr__ should, quote, look like an expression.
I don't find those guidelines particularly useful except
in fairly special cases. More generally, the rule of thumb
I use is that __str__ is for the "normal" output of the
program, whatever that might be, whereas __repr__ is for
Greg Ewing, Computer Science Dept,
University of Canterbury,
Christchurch, New Zealand
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