why is there no class (static) methods in Python ?

Martin von Loewis loewis at informatik.hu-berlin.de
Sun Jun 17 16:34:55 EDT 2001

Richard Gruet <rgruet at intraware.com> writes:

> I  (and other people on the Python french mail list) wonder  why there
> are no class (static) methods in Python. You cannot define a really
> unbounded (ie to an instance) method within the namespace of a class.

First of all, you *can* define such a thing if you absolutely want, see


> It's not natural nor elegant to have to create an instance to call a
> method which is not related to a particular instance. We would like to
> be able to write things like:
> class C:
>     def staticFoo(x): print x
> C.staticFoo(1)

I'd like to question why you want to do this. Isn't it much better to write

class C:

def staticFoo(x):
  print x

I.e. what has class C to do with staticFoo?


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