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Python Python Testing Be Assertive Membership and Other Assertions

What is the situation here, that we might need to convert a binary string to an integer?

I was looking up what the dunder functions do in this lesson.


will convert a binary string to an integer. Why would we be getting a binary string? In what situations? Do we always need to expect we might get a binary string? Thanks :D

Thanks Ty. If you move that to an answer instead of a comment I'll give you a "Best"

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This is a very interesting question. Two things come to mind would possibly be in compression algorithms and/or creating device drivers. I have no experience writing either, but I imagine anything that will utilize binary would be used in some sort application dealing with communicating with a device on the machine level, and for compression, having to decompress/compress files.

Thank you Ty.