create boolean

Grant Edwards grante at
Sat Mar 7 06:03:08 CET 2009

On 2009-03-07, Rhodri James <rhodri at> wrote:
> On Fri, 06 Mar 2009 15:34:08 -0000, Grant Edwards <invalid at invalid> wrote:
>> On 2009-03-06, Fencer <no.spam at plz.ok> wrote:
>>> Hi, I need a boolean b to be true if the variable n is not
>>> None and not an empty list, otherwise b should be false.
>>> I ended up with:
>>> b = n is not None and not not n
>> I'd do it like this:
>>   b = (n is not None) and (n != [])
> The second comparison isn't actually necessary, since an
> empty list is True and a non-empty one False.
>    b = (n is not None) and n
> Putting the comparison in does make the code slightly less
> "magic", though, so it's not a bad idea to do it!

Putting in the second comparison in makes the code match the
stated requirement.  Otherwise you have to start making
assumptions about what n might be besides None or the empty


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