History of 'self' and why not at least 'my'?
gleki at gol.ge
Fri Jan 11 15:38:35 EST 2002
I would like rather to have something akin of Pascal's or VB's 'with', e.g.,
Fernando Pérez wrote:
> I'm curious as to why 'self' was chosen instead of the shorter 'my' for
> naming the instance passed to methods.
> def meth(my,x,y,z):
> is IMHO even more naturally readable than
> def meth(self,x,y,z):
> and saves typing two characters every time (not negligible considering how
> many times you type self!).
> In my code I respect the 'self' convention simply because I don't like
> breaking well-accepted conventions unless there's a tryly compelling reason
> to do so. But lately I've ended up using the following little function a lot:
> def setattr_list(obj,alist,nspace):
> """Set a list of attributes for an object taken from a namespace.
> setattr_list(obj,alist,nspace) -> sets in obj all the attributes listed in
> alist with their values taken from nspace, which must be a dict (something
> like locals() will often do).
> Note that alist can be given as a string, which will be automatically
> split into a list on whitespace."""
> if type(alist) is types.StringType:
> alist = alist.split()
> for attr in alist:
> val = eval(attr,nspace)
> in the following manner:
> def meth(self,...):
> setattr_list(self,'x y z....',locals())
> because I hate the extra typing. I think with a shorter, leaner 'my' I
> wouldn't do this and the code would be overall clearer.
> Any comments on the history of self's choice?
> And on using shorter conventions like 'my'? (I won't go as far as using
> simply 's', single letter names should only be used for simple counters IMO).
> Anyway, just curious before going to bed :)
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