Any expression may be used within the argument list, and the evaluated
value is passed to the local variable.
+ A value associated with an object which is referenced by name using
+ dotted expressions. For example, if an object *o* has an attribute
+ *a* it would be referenced as *o.a*.
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second time (recompilation from source to bytecode can be avoided). This
"intermediate language" is said to run on a :term:`virtual machine`
that executes the machine code corresponding to each bytecode.
+ A template for creating user-defined objects. Class definitions
+ normally contain method definitions which operate on instances of the
Any class which does not inherit from :class:`object`. See
pre-conditions before making calls or lookups. This style contrasts with
the :term:`EAFP` approach and is characterized by the presence of many
+ A built-in Python :term:`sequence`. Despite its name it is more akin
+ to an array in other languages than to a linked list since access to
A compact way to process all or part of the elements in a sequence and
descriptors, properties, and :meth:`__getattribute__`.
More information can be found in :ref:`newstyle`.
+ Any data with state (attributes or value) and defined behavior
+ (methods). Also the ultimate base class of any :term:`new-style
The arguments assigned to local names inside a function or method,
an :term:`expression` or a one of several constructs with a keyword, such
as :keyword:`if`, :keyword:`while` or :keyword:`print`.
+ A string which is bound by three instances of either a quotation mark
+ (") or an apostrophe ('). While they don't provide any functionality
+ not available with single-quoted strings, they are useful for a number
+ of reasons. They allow you to include unescaped single and double
+ quotes within a string and they can span multiple lines without the
+ use of the continuation character, making them especially useful when
The type of a Python object determines what kind of object it is; every
object has a type. An object's type is accessible as its