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

Aahz aahz at
Wed Jan 4 21:29:58 EST 2006

In article <43BC806A.1040201 at>,
Steven D'Aprano  <steve at> wrote:
>Nonsense. What is stored in the list is an object.  Python doesn't have
>pointers. You are confusing the underlying C implementation, which
>implements lists as an array of pointers, with the high-level Python
>code, which doesn't even know what a pointer is. It only has objects.

Wrong.  Python has objects and targets.  Names are a subset of targets.
A target is anything that can contain a binding (or reference, whichever
term you prefer) to an object; lists are arrays of targets.

No matter how you slice it ;-), a list does not actually hold objects, it
only holds references to objects.
Aahz (aahz at           <*>

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