Using __repr__ or __str__ for own printable class?
Erik Max Francis
max at alcyone.com
Tue Apr 22 23:10:39 CEST 2003
Ted Drain wrote:
> I think I'd rather see the behavior change when you do:
> >>> s
> To call __str__ instead of __repr__. It seems to me that repr is a
> specialized functionality that should be explicitly asked for when
> needed. __str__ is the more normal output and should be the default
> in 'print s' or 's'.
I disagree. In the interactive interpreter, I want to see the repr of
evaluations of the expressions I type in, not the str. If I see
Is that the numeric 2? the string '2'? the string '2 \t '? some custom
type whose __str__ is defined to return 2?
When I'm using the interactive interpreter, I'm essentially in a
"debugging" mentality, whether or not I'm actually debugging. I want to
see the most unambiguous and detailed information about what I'm
evaluating. After all, if I wanted the __str__, I'd just write
>>> print someInvolvedExpression
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