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Understanding __call__ in Python 3

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I am reading a Python book for Pyton 2.5 (But I am doing Python 3). I am at the chapter classes and I got this part;

"You can check whenever the function attribute was callable."

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  1. callable(tc,'talk',None)
In Python3 we do not have callable anymore, so I checked on the internet, how do it, and I found this:

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  1. hasattr(anything, '__call__')
Now here are my question:

1.) What do I have to put in the "anything" part? a function of a class?

2.) What does callable actually do? What does callable actually means? To check when was the last time I used that function..? What does it do? And what kind of situatins would I use this?

Thanks in advance
May 18 '11 #1
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May 18 '11 #2

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"A function call is an expression containing a simple type name and a parenthesized argument list."

Builtin function callable() returns True if an object has a __call__ method or False if not.
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  1. >>> callable
  2. <built-in function callable>
  3. >>> callable(str)
  4. True
  5. >>> hasattr(str, "__call__")
  6. True
  7. >>> x = 10
  8. >>> callable(x)
  9. False
  10. >>> 
May 23 '11 #3

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