why cannot assign to function call

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Thu Jan 8 02:07:29 CET 2009

Terry Reedy wrote:
> Joe Strout wrote:
>> That's not necessarily true.  If you have
>>   a = "par" + "rot"
>>   b = "parrot"
>> then, most likely (though it depends on how clever the compiler 
>> optimizations are), there are two different string objects containing 
>> the data "parrot".
>  >>> a='par'+'rot'
>  >>> b='parrot'
>  >>> a is b
> True

One exactly doesn't really say much.  It's implementation dependent, and 
depends on the length of the string:

 >>> a = 'this is a much longer ' + 'parrot'
 >>> b = 'this is a much longer parrot'
 >>> a is b

In practice, tests like these are pretty much never useful.  It's 
completely implementation dependent when and under what circumstances 
fundamental immutable objects are reused, and it's not useful anyway; 
what you care about is whether two objects are equal or not, not whether 
they're the same object through some optimization behind the scenes.

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