Asked By – 0101amt
repr(): evaluatable string representation of an object (can “eval()”
it, meaning it is a string representation that evaluates to a Python
In other words:
>>> x = 'foo' >>> repr(x) "'foo'"
- Why do I get the double quotes when I do
repr(x)? (I don’t get them
when I do
- Why do I get
'foo'when I do
eval("'foo'")and not x which is the
Now we will see solution for issue: Understanding repr( ) function in Python
>>> x = 'foo' >>> x 'foo'
So the name
x is attached to
'foo' string. When you call for example
repr(x) the interpreter puts
'foo' instead of
x and then calls
>>> repr(x) "'foo'" >>> x.__repr__() "'foo'"
repr actually calls a magic method
x, which gives the string containing the representation of the value
'foo' assigned to
x. So it returns
'foo' inside the string
"" resulting in
"'foo'". The idea of
repr is to give a string which contains a series of symbols which we can type in the interpreter and get the same value which was sent as an argument to
>>> eval("'foo'") 'foo'
When we call
eval("'foo'"), it’s the same as we type
'foo' in the interpreter. It’s as we directly type the contents of the outer string
"" in the interpreter.
>>> eval('foo') Traceback (most recent call last): File "<pyshell#5>", line 1, in <module> eval('foo') File "<string>", line 1, in <module> NameError: name 'foo' is not defined
If we call
eval('foo'), it’s the same as we type
foo in the interpreter. But there is no
foo variable available and an exception is raised.
>>> str(x) 'foo' >>> x.__str__() 'foo' >>>
str is just the string representation of the object (remember,
x variable refers to
'foo'), so this function returns string.
>>> str(5) '5'
String representation of integer
>>> str('foo') 'foo'
And string representation of string
'foo' is the same string