Finding the instance reference of an object [long and probably boring]

Aaron Brady castironpi at
Sat Nov 8 02:21:14 CET 2008

On Nov 7, 3:39 pm, Arnaud Delobelle <arno... at> wrote:
> Aaron Brady <castiro... at> writes:
> >  Furthermore, some class models variables like this:
> > a.b= 'abc'
> > a.c= 'def'
> > a.d= 'ghi'
> > It also allows index access: a[0], a[1], a[2], respectively.  'abc'
> > has two names: 'a.b', and 'a[0]'.  Correct?
> You know very well that a.b and a[0] aren't names, they are function
> calls written in short hand ;)
> a.b   is   getattr(a, 'b')
> a[0]  is   getattr(a, '__getitem__')(0)
> So they just return an object, which happens to be the same :)
> --
> Arnaud

Therefore objects don't need names to exist.  Having a name is
sufficient but not necessary to exist.  Being in a container is
neither necessary -nor- sufficient.

a is the name of an object.  The object is associated with a
dictionary you can usually access.  'b' is a key in the dictionary.

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