[Tutor] Question about dictionary method get()

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at blueyonder.co.uk
Mon Jun 28 18:37:13 EDT 2004

> Uh, oh. I just now tried      print D.get("v")     and did get
>   Then why not with the plain    D.get("v")  ?  Maybe I've found the
> source of my confusion?

Python has two methods __str__ and __repr__ that convert objects
to strings.

When you evaluate an object

>>> x

You are calling __repr__ on x

When you print an object

>>> print x

You are calling the __str__ method of x.

Often str and repr produce the same result but not always.
None is an example of a difference.

Notice too the difference when dealing with strings....

Alan G.

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