Best practice for object attributes?

laotseu bdesth at
Wed Apr 2 17:31:53 CEST 2003

Jp Calderone wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 02, 2003 at 04:12:36PM +0100, Michael Sparks wrote:
>>As far as I can tell the behaviour seems to be that you automatically
>>gain instance attributes that clone the state of the class attributes
>>at object creation time, which are then independent and can be modified
>>via the usual self.<attr> syntax later on. (They cannot however be
>>modified via the self.__dict__[<attr>] syntax since they're not stored
>   Not quite.  What really happens is simpler.  When an attribute lookup on
> an instance fails, the lookup proceeds to the instance's class object (if it
> fails there, it proceeds to the class object's bases, and so on).  The
> attributes aren't cloned, and the time of creation matters not.  

Of course.... thought I had a brain, but it seems I can't find it today. 
Someone seen my brain 'round here ?


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