Origin of 'self'

Roy Smith roy at panix.com
Tue Mar 4 03:14:44 CET 2014


In article <mailman.7684.1393898999.18130.python-list at python.org>,
 Dennis Lee Bieber <wlfraed at ix.netcom.com> wrote:

> On Sun, 2 Mar 2014 22:16:31 -0800 (PST), Westley Martínez
> <anikom15 at gmail.com> declaimed the following:
> 
> >I understand that in an object method the first argument in the object 
> >itself, called self.  However, it doesn't have to be called self, and can be 
> >called anything.  So my question is why is it called self and not this like 
> >from C++ and Java.  It's kind of a silly question, but one that I'm curious 
> >about nevertheless.
> >
> 
> 	It didn't want to be egotistical (as I recall, M$ VB uses "me")

And Freud uses "id", but that was taken already in Python :-)



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