Is 'everything' a refrence or isn't it?

Aahz aahz at
Sat Jan 7 15:34:30 EST 2006

[contextectomy, because this quote makes no sense with or without

In article <86bqyn7qcp.fsf at>, Mike Meyer  <mwm at> wrote:
>Right. All references are objects, so "call by object" includes all
>the possibilities of "call by reference" as a subset. Not all objects
>are references, so "call by reference", so it's a proper subset.

Wrong.  All references are *to* objects, maybe.  There are no objects
that "are" references -- objects may *contain* references.  You're
losing sight of the fact that objects and references are really two
completely different things in Python.
Aahz (aahz at           <*>

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