In Python 2.6, bytes is str
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Mon Oct 6 07:30:17 CEST 2008
Python 3 has the 'bytes' type, which the string type I've long wanted in
various languages. Among other advantages, it is immutable, and
therefore bytes objects can be dict keys. There's a mutable version too,
In Python 2.6, the name 'bytes' is defined, and bound to str. The 2.6
assignment presents some pitfalls. Be aware.
Consider constructing a bytes object as:
b = bytes([68, 255, 0])
In Python 3.x, len(b) will be 3, which feels right.
In Python 2.6, len(b) will be 12, because b is the str, '[68, 255, 0]'.
I'm thinking I should just avoid using 'bytes' in Python 2.6. If there's
another Python release between 2.6 and 3.gold, I'd advocate removing
the pre-defined 'bytes', or maybe defining it as something else.
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