strange thing in python

i recently noticed this anyone has a proper explanation for this

for literals i get this

>>> def a():
...     b = []
...     c = {}
...
>>> import dis
>>> dis.dis(a)
2 0 BUILD_LIST               0
3 STORE_FAST               0 (b)
3 6 BUILD_MAP                0
9 STORE_FAST               1 (c)
12 LOAD_CONST               0 (None)
15 RETURN_VALUE

but for constructors i get this

>>> def a():
...     b = list()
...     c = dict()
...
>>> dis.dis(a)
2  0 LOAD_GLOBAL              0 (list)
3 CALL_FUNCTION            0
6 STORE_FAST               0 (b)
3  9 LOAD_GLOBAL              1 (dict)
12 CALL_FUNCTION            0
15 STORE_FAST               1 (c)
18 LOAD_CONST               0 (None)
21 RETURN_VALUE

i mean why the difference, i was thinking {} and dict() do the same thing, shouldn’t they?

Published: February 10 2010

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