Why keep identity-based equality comparison?

Peter Decker pydecker at gmail.com
Tue Jan 10 08:54:13 EST 2006

On 10 Jan 2006 13:33:20 GMT, Antoon Pardon <apardon at forel.vub.ac.be> wrote:

> IMO if they aren't of the same type then the answer to:
>   a < b
> is just as obviously False as
>   a == b
> Yet how things are proposed now, the first will throw an exception
> and the latter will return False.

I don't see the two comparisons as equivalent at all. If two things
are different, it does not follow that they can be ranked. If we have
two objects, such as a spark plug and a cam shaft, it is one thing to
say that the two are not the same object; it is quite another to say
that one is 'greater than' or 'less than' the other.


# p.d.

More information about the Python-list mailing list