Comments requested: brief summary of Python

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


In article <mailman.50.1077643494.8594.python-list at python.org>,
Brian Quinlan <brian at sweetapp.com> wrote:
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>! Python figures out which type a variable should be the first time it 
>! is used.
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>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.
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>| i = "Hello"
>| will make i a string.
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>Same. i is a variable, not a string.
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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
'i'.
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Cameron Laird <claird at phaseit.net>
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