method overriding trick

Gordon McMillan gmcm at
Sat Nov 13 21:48:55 EST 1999

Eric Jacobs wrote:

> Phil Mayes wrote:
> > 
> > I use a method that doesn't remove the clunkiness, but localises the
> > hierarchy to one line:
> > 
> > _Parent = basedlg.BaseDlg
> > class AddressDlg(_Parent):
> >     def __init__(self, param):
> >         self.local = param
> >         _Parent.__init__(self, 2345)
> > 
> > By using the same name "_Parent" in all modules, less thinking is needed,
> > and cut'n'paste coding (what, me?) works better too.
> You wouldn't be able to reassign the _Parent variable to define another
> class elsewhere in the same module, though, because the functions defined
> this way will always look up the _Parent from the module namespace at
> execution time. 

Unless you've nested your class statement inside a def or 
another class, the class object will get built when the module 
is loaded. So what the _Parent variable holds once your code 
starts executing doesn't matter - it is only meaningful at the 
time the "class" statement is executed.

Sure you can reassign it, but it will only mean something if 
you do it at the top level.

OTOH, I find that it's rare for a base class and it's derived 
classes to have the same __init__ signature, so for me the 
trick is rarely useful.

- Gordon

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