Re: boolean from a function

On 12/13/2011 11:37 PM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:

x is a global? Poor design. But in any case, instead of an explicit
if...else block, the canonical way to convert an arbitrary object to True/
False is with bool:

def func_bool():
return bool(x)

But you don't need it. See below.

No no it was just to show the pattern, it wasn't the actual code.
I don't like to have useless indirections, so I wouldn't do that...

I like the idea of the property (from Duncan Booth) but the thing is that that function
looks like it's doing something (from its name), it's not just a simple property.

In the case of the square

class Sq(object):
def __init__(self, x, y):
self.x = x

It makes perfect sense to have "area" as a property, because you can either compute
it and cache it or compute it on demand.
It feels a bit less natural to create a property on something that is less simple than that imho..