[Tutor] Is socket.socket() a func or a class

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Fri Apr 6 13:14:25 CEST 2012

Khalid Al-Ghamdi wrote:
> hi all,
> I'm reading this book that says when creating a socket you have to use the
> socket.socket() *function *as in :
> ss=socket.socket()
> but whey i check they type it says it's a class which makes sense cause
> you're creating a socket object.
>>>> type(ss)
> <class 'socket.socket'>
> so, which is it? or do authors loosely use these terms interchangeably in
> this context?

Yes. Sometimes people call things a function when technically they mean a 
"callable". A callable is anything that can be called like a function: 
functions, classes, types, methods, etc.


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