[Tutor] Quick way to find the data type

Jacob S. keridee at jayco.net
Fri Sep 30 03:10:56 CEST 2005

I don't believe that eval() *would* work quite as intended either.

For example:

eval('a random string')

and McGuire's method

othermethod('a random string')
'a random string'

Another example

<type 'file'>


That is, of course, if I understood the McGuire's method clearly. I didn't 
look very close. It might be that McGuire's method doesn't account for the 
second case either.


> Fair enough Danny,
> I made the changes. Thanks for the input.
> Still, regarding this comment.....
> On 9/27/05, Danny Yoo <dyoo at hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu> wrote:
>> The assumptions you make, about controlling the input, and being the only
>> source of the xml output, sound fine.  But you're assuming that the
>> environment that your program will work in will be static.  Software 
>> often
>> ends up being applied in places that are ridiculous and unplanned-for,
>> like a network application.  It's best practice to avoid unneccessary
>> risk, and not to court it.  *grin*
> Well, the fact is I'm in charge of these things here, fortunately. My
> job is to make sure nothing gets used the wrong way. :-)
> Still, your points are valid and I have taken note of them :-)
> Bernard
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