Comments requested: brief summary of Python

Cameron Laird claird at
Tue Feb 24 19:16:57 CET 2004

In article <mailman.50.1077643494.8594.python-list at>,
Brian Quinlan <brian at> wrote:
>! Python figures out which type a variable should be the first time it 
>! is used.
>No. In Python the concept of a variable is completely divorced from the
>concept of type. A type is NEVER associated with a variable so no figuring
>out is needed.
>| i = "Hello"
>| will make i a string.
>Same. i is a variable, not a string.
		[other errors noted and
		astutely corrected]
The approach I like is to discard any language that
encourages newcomers to regard
  i = "Hello"
as an "assignment", and to identify it instead as
what it is for Python:  a *binding* to the name

Cameron Laird <claird at>

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