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Mon Feb 25 01:42:56 CET 2013
On Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:08:01 -0500, Roy Smith wrote:
> In article <mailman.2438.1361739512.2939.python-list at python.org>,
> Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > no need to remember what's an object and what's not -- everything is
>> > an object
> Well, not quite everything. If I write:
> if foo:
> the code block making up the body of the "if" statement is not an
> object. In some languages, it is.
In Python, that code block isn't any *thing*. It's merely a small part of
the enclosing code block, which *is* an object.
When we say "everything is an object" in Python, we're talking about
values, not arbitrary language constructs. The "*3" bit of "y = x*3" is
not a value, a for-loop is not a value, and the delay you experience when
you call time.sleep(30) is not a value, so none of these things are
objects. This is not to reduce the importance of these things as
programming concepts, but they aren't the kind of things we mean when we
say everything is an object.
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