[Baypiggies] Class methods as constructors?

Charles Merriam charles.merriam at gmail.com
Tue Sep 2 20:28:39 CEST 2008

This may seem like a basic question.   Apologies if it's a known recipe.

I have a spot where I need a number of constructors for the same class
and don't want to have too complicated an __init__ function.   Using
class methods seems like the cleanest code.

x = Spam()   # Simple case
x = Spam.Pickled_Loaf(['Pimentos','Menthos'])
x = Spam.Shake('chunky')

with code in the Spam class like:

def Picked_Loaf(additives, extra_gelatin = False):
     assert not ('Menthos' in additives and 'Diet Coke' in additives)
     i = Spam()  # make an instance
     i.additives = additives
     return i

Is this the usual pattern?  Any gotchas?  Usually use "cls()" instead
of "Spam()"?


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