Standard Type Built-in Functions

Along with generic operators which we have just seen, Python also provides some builtin functions that can be applied to all the basic object types: cmp(), repr(), str(), type(), and the single reverse or back quotes ( ” ) operator, which is functionally equivalent to repr().

Operator function
cmp(obj1, obj2) compares obj1 and obj2, returns integer i where: i < 0 if obj1 < obj2i > 0 if obj1 > obj2i == 0 if obj1 == obj2
repr(obj)/’ obj’ returns evaluatable string representation of obj
str(obj) returns printable string representation of obj
type(obj) determines type of obj and return type object


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