Seemingly odd 'is' comparison.
tjreedy at udel.edu
Tue Feb 19 03:45:35 CET 2008
"Asun Friere" <afriere at yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
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| On Feb 19, 9:44 am, Steven D'Aprano <st... at REMOVE-THIS-
| cybersource.com.au> wrote:
| > Except for documented singletons such as modules and None, which
| > have the same identity is platform dependent, version dependent, and
| > dependent on the execution history of your code.
| The advice not to identity test strings and numbers (since they are
| interred in the main implementation),
They may or may not be. But for almost all purposes, that is irrelevant.
| or tuples, since they potentially could be, seems sound enough.
Ditto for tuples, unless possibly when they have mutable members.
| But given the nature of
| immutables, is the identity of these even potentially implementation
| dependant (ie. they couldn't be interred could they)?
The word is 'interned', not 'interred' (buried).
| One might
| conceivably want to know that a list into which one is about to stuff
| something is the same (or perhaps not the same) list as that pointed
| to by another name, which operation, hopefully, remains possible
| across the range of potential implementations.
Lists are mutable, and identity is often important. Id(list) can be used
to debug or solve puzzling behavior.
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