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Python Without Fear, First Edition by Brian Overland

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C. Glossary

attribute: A named quality attached to an object. For example, for a Dog class, every Dog object might have the attributes breed, name, and age, the first two of which are strings and the third of which is a number. In Python, attributes are usually instance variables or properties.

Each attribute has a value as well as a name, and each is accessed as object .attribute_name.

base class: A class that another class inherits from; also called a superclass. See also superclass.

bitwise operations: An operation applied to individual bits of a number (which must be in integer format). For example, the integers 14 and 9 can be represented as binary-radix expressions 0b1110 and 0b1001, respectively. The expression 0b1110 & 0b1001 applies ...

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