preventing creation of instance

Peter Hansen peter at
Wed Jun 18 03:17:39 CEST 2003

Alexander Schmolck wrote:
> Peter Hansen <peter at> writes:
> > I believe raising any exception in __init__ is the way to prevent
> > the creation of the object.  I don't think you can do this with
> > a technique that returns None, unless you are actually calling
> > a factory function which internally attempts to create the object
> > and catches the exception thrown, returning None if it happens.
> >>> class Test(object):
> ...    def __new__(cls): return None
> ...
> >>> Test()
> >>>
> see

D'oh!  I really ought to find a reason to learn about the
"__new__-fangled" methods in the latest Python releases...  

I just can't seem to find a reason to use them though (yet).


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