list as an instance attribute

Miles Kaufmann milesck at
Mon Sep 14 11:40:36 CEST 2009

On Sep 14, 2009, at 1:55 AM, Robin Becker wrote:
> Bruno Desthuilliers wrote:
>> pep08 : class names should be Capitalized.
>> Also, if you're using Python 2.x, make it:
>> class Primitive(object):
>>   #...
> .......
> I find it remarkable that the most primitive classes appear to break  
> the pep08 convention eg object, str, list etc etc. In fact all such  
> conventions appear to be broken more often than not. So the rule  
> appears to be "create a convention and then break it" :)

More like "break a convention and then create it." :)  Before Python  
2.2, built-in types were not classes at all; they couldn't be  
instantiated directly (from Python code), so you had to call the str()  
function to create an object of type "string".  I think there may have  
been some discussion of renaming the built-ins to match PEP 8 for  
Python 3, but if so I doubt it got very far.


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