Difference between 'is' and '=='

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Mon Mar 27 15:07:01 CEST 2006

Roy Smith wrote:
> In article <e08mr1$7lu$1 at news.lysator.liu.se>,
>  Joel Hedlund <joel.hedlund at gmail.com> wrote:
>>Which means that "is" comparisons in general will be faster than == 
> I thought that == automatically compared identify before trying to compare 
> the values.  Or am I thinking of some special case, like strings?

You must be thinking of a special case:

 >>> class A:
...   def __cmp__(self, other): return 1
 >>> a = A()
 >>> a is a
 >>> a == a


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