[Python-ideas] JavaScript-Style Object Creation in Python (using a constructor function instead of a class to create objects)

Juancarlo Añez apalala at gmail.com
Tue May 16 23:14:14 EDT 2017

On Tue, May 16, 2017 at 5:04 PM, Guido van Rossum <gvanrossum at gmail.com>

What features of attrs specifically solve your use cases?
(not Stephen)

I hadn’t thought about this use case:

In [1]: class C():
   ...:     x = 1
   ...:     def __init__(self, x=None):
   ...:         if x is not None:
   ...:             self.x = x
   ...:     def __str__(self):
   ...:         return 'C(%s)' % self.x

In [2]: c1 = C()
   ...: c2 = C(2)

In [3]: print(c1, c2)
C(1) C(2)

And I might use it here on.

What I like about attrs is:

   - The class level declaration of instance attributes
   - That the reasonable *init*, *repr*, and *eq* are generated

I don’t like the excessive wordiness in attrs, and I don’t need “the
kitchen sink” be available to have instance attributes declared at the
class level. A solution based on the typing module would be much better.

Basically, Python is lacking a way to declare instance fields with default
values away of the initializer. Several of the mainstream OO languages
(Java, Swift, Go) provide for that.

I haven’t thought much about this, except about if there’s indeed a need
(and there is), but I can’t know if the solution if through decorators, or
Juancarlo *Añez*
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