class factory

David M. Cook davecook at
Wed Aug 20 10:47:01 CEST 2003

In article <8ad2cfb3.0308200015.4f5bd504 at>, Nick Keighley

> I'm a Python beginner and I'm would like to write a function that
> returns a class (perhaps a tad ambitious...). I've looked through
> the FAQ and perused "Python In  A Nutshell" (not a good book to
> start with?). The only example I found in PiaN used a simple
> if statement to return one of a selection of pre-existing classes.
> I'd like to generate a class on-the-fly from a parameter (a dictionary).
> Can Python do this sort of stuff? Does the mean I have to mess with
> the dreaded meta-classes?

You can create classes on the fly using "type"

>>> type('Foo', (object,), {})
<class '__main__.Foo'>

The arguments are the class name, a tuple of base classes, and a dictionary
of methods.


Dave Cook

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