zjm1126 zjm1126 - 4 months ago 34
Python Question

What does __contains__ do, what can call __contains__ function

Here is my code:

class a(object):
d='ddd'
def __contains__(self):
if self.d:return True
b=a()
print b.contains('d') # error
print contains(b,'d') # error

Answer

Like all special methods (with "magic names" that begin and end in __), __contains__ is not meant to be called directly (except in very specific cases, such as up=calls to the superclass): rather, such methods are called as part of the operation of built-ins and operators. In the case of __contains__, the operator in question is in -- the "containment check" operator.

With your class a as you present it (except for fixing your typo, and using True instead of true!-), and b as its instance, print 'x' in b will print True -- and so will any other containment check on b, since b always returns True (because self.d, a non-empty string, is true).