Implicit conversion to boolean in if and while statements

Laszlo Nagy gandalf at
Tue Jul 17 14:43:11 CEST 2012

On 2012-07-17 10:23, Andrew Berg wrote:
> I don't want that, but I am suggesting that it would be consistent with
> the idea of "something or nothing".
Don't confuse names and objects. You can only test the truth value of 
objects. If you don't have a name in a namespace, then it means you 
don't have a tool to have a reference to anything (including the False 

Using the same logic you could also say that not giving any condition to 
the "if" statement should be evaluated as False:

     print "This never gets executed"

But  it makes no sense.

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