Rich __repr__

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Mon Oct 31 08:10:30 CET 2005

Howdy all,

The builtin types have __repr__ attributes that return something nice,
that looks like the syntax one would use to create that particular

The default __repr__ for custom classes show the fully-qualified class
name, and the memory address of the instance.

If I want to implement a __repr__ that's reasonably "nice" to the
programmer, what's the Right Way? Are there recipes I should look at?

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Ben Finney

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