Proper usage of properties in 2.2

Michael Hudson mwh at
Thu Nov 22 14:51:30 CET 2001

sandskyfly at (Sandy Norton) writes:

> Hi,
> I've been playing round with properties in 2.2b2 and I'm having a bit
> of trouble understanding what I _shouldn't_ be doing when I use them.
> For example this simple code doesn't work:
> Python 2.2b2 (#26, Nov 16 2001, 11:44:11) [MSC 32 bit (Intel)] on
> win32
> Type "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
> IDLE 0.8 -- press F1 for help
> >>> Example #1
> >>> class Room:

Room needs to be a new-style class!  Change that to 

>>> class Room(object):

and it will work as you expect.

(If it makes you feel better, this confused me for ten minutes and had
me with my head in the source before I thought of this...).

> Also another minor question: how does one get access to the doc string
> of the property?

r.__class__.area.__doc__, I think.


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