Explanation of list reference

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Mon Feb 17 01:04:46 CET 2014

Roy Smith <roy at panix.com> writes:

> In article <mailman.7074.1392591962.18130.python-list at python.org>,
>  Ben Finney <ben+python at benfinney.id.au> wrote:
> > Gregory Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> writes:
> > > <beginner_thought> So, we have objects... and we have references
> > > to objects... but everything is an object... so does that mean
> > > references are objects too? </beginner_thought>
> > 
> > My response: No, because references are not things :-)
> > 
> > I've never known a programming beginner to express such a question. Have
> > you?
> You make light of Gregory's point, but he's right.  That's exactly the 
> kind of thing a beginner would get confused about.

That's exactly what I'm asking: What beginners actually do get confused
about this? What category of beginner are they, and how di different
categories of beginner approach this differently?

In other words, rather than asserting based on anecdotes, what
*actually* happens?

Let's examine what leads them to this confusion, as a starting point for
what can be done.

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Ben Finney

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