classes (was Re: Same again please for OOP)

Moshe Zadka moshez at
Tue Dec 26 08:04:27 CET 2000

On Mon, 25 Dec 2000, "Emile van Sebille" <emile at> wrote:

> Just to throw in my $.02.
> If not for __getattr__ and __setattr__, I probably wouldn't
> have continued with Python.  I'm not sure I would have found
> anything better, so I may have come back anyway, but these
> two automagic functions allowed me to write a proof of
> concept model in about two days, when in other environments
> I had nothing worthwhile after two weeks.

To clarify my position: I don't think the __getattr__/__setattr__
functionality is not needed, and indeed, in several cases, this is
a very powerful feature. My only gripe is that this power is given
in a very non-Pythonic way: it's way too easy to shoot one's self
in the foot with it.

What if, instead, you'd have a way to mark methods as as "auto-called"
methods: IOW, a method which is automatically called as soon as an
attribute is get/set/deleted. This would solve 80% of the problem,
living raw __getattr__ usage to arcane problems.

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