Not sure how to phrase this question

Arthur ajs at
Mon Sep 16 23:44:41 EDT 2002

Emille writes -

>I don't think you need __new__, or if you do, you'll want to read up on
>the existing documentation and prior discussions. Oh... I couldn't find
>the docs. There are some usage examples in the demo/newmetaclasses, but
>they only seem to exist in cvs. All this probably has a bit to do with
>the lack of response you mention

Yeah, if *I* need __new__ I know there is going to problems.

Seems there is indeed a simple solution which works with the infrastructure
I had already created - the obvious one that dawned on me after having made
my original post. My "factories" work simply as functions.

def Intersection(*args,**kw):
  if its the right thing to do under the circumstances:
     return PlaneIntersetion(args[0],args[1]
     do what makes more sense based on args.

class PlaneIntersection(new or old,shouldn't matter):
   def __init__(self,plane,line):
       self.plane = plane
       self.line = line

i=Intersection(planeinstance, lineinstance)
#or Intersection(lineinstance,planeinstance ) the dowhatigottodo routine
handles the ordering issues
print i.__class__
>>class '__main__.PlaneIntersection'

As you suggest, this is probably just one of a number of ways to go, but
seems to work most simply for picking up from where I happen to be right

There is something to be said, though, for sort of discovering this stuff,
rather than learning it in the textbook sense. As Terry posts suggests, this
is probably mundane standard procedure.  But, at least I have a pretty good
sense now of why.


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