Static class methods

Daniel Klein danielk at
Tue Mar 6 15:10:30 CET 2001

On Mon, 5 Mar 2001 20:40:29 -0800, "Alex Shindich" <alex at> wrote:

>There are indeed many ways to simulate the behavior. But shouldn't such a
>strong OOP language like Python have support for static methods?

It's not really necessary  to be honest. The approach outlined in TQJB was just
a 'suggestion' cos you seemed 'distressed' you couldn't define a class method
associated to a specific class.  When I need such a method I simply define it
as a 'top level' function in the module and call if from the class instances.
The fact that it isn't 'bound' to a particular class does not bother me. That's
what doc strings are for. :-) On occasion there are situations where one of
these 'top level' methods becomes useful to more than one class in the module
and then I reap the benefits of reuse.

Daniel Klein
Portland OR USA

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