[Tutor] dictionaries, objects and scoping...

John Fouhy john at fouhy.net
Tue Jan 22 04:18:18 CET 2008

On 22/01/2008, John Morris <jrmorrisnc at gmail.com> wrote:
> So if you create an object way up in terms of scope (global), then all
> python does is handle what names are available in a given scope to refer to
> it. If you want a separate object you have to take care of that yourself.
> Efficient. Massive potential for gotchas, especially with some of python's
> cleverness in terms of scoping rules.

There is potential for gotchas, but it's reduced by the fact that
integers and strings are both immutable.  For example:

>>> x = 'foo'
>>> y = x
>>> y is x   # this tests whether x and y are different names for the
same object
>>> y += 'bar'  # this is equivalent to: y = y + 'bar'
>>> y is x
>>> y, x
('foobar', 'foo')

(this is why there is no '.append()' method for strings)


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