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Piterrr piotrekd at
Tue Feb 26 20:42:18 CET 2013

"Jean-Michel Pichavant" <jeanmichel at> wrote in message 
news:mailman.2567.1361905815.2939.python-list at
> ----- Original Message -----
>> Hi guys,
>> Question. Have this code
>> intX = 32                          # decl + init int var
>> intX_asString = None               # decl + init with NULL string var
>> intX_asString = intX.__str__ ()    # convert int to string
>> What are these ugly underscores for?
>> _________________str___________________
>> Peter
>> --
> I can't wait for the
> intX_asString_asBool = intX_asString.__bool__()
> if (intX_asString_asBool == True):
>  # do something
> ;-)
> JM

As serious a character as I am, I had good laughs at this. Don't you all 
like my questions for all the exitainment they offer?

The "__str__" issue was a genuine question. I'm glad to find there is also a 
__bool_ () method, shall I need it. :-) Please note, this is not how I write 
my code. I'm not that bad a programmer, it's just Python which is so 
different that I am doing what I need to help clarify things and help me 

I don't find this post offensive, even though JM is deliberately making fun 
of me. But to his credit, it is funny indeed. Let's laugh 2gether!

This reminds me, when I first started working with databases and saw an 
error msg which said that my query had "ambiguous columns" I laughed for 1/2 
hr. I found it incredibly exitaining that a 100% deterministic piece of 
hardware could have the word "ambiguous" in its internal dictionary.



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