Getting rid of "self."

John Roth newsgroups at
Fri Jan 7 11:43:08 EST 2005

"Roy Smith" <roy at> wrote in message 
news:crmdqk$jo6$1 at
> Simon Brunning  <simon at> wrote:
>>On 7 Jan 2005 08:10:14 -0800, Luis M. Gonzalez <luismgz at> wrote:
>>> The word "self" is not mandatory. You can type anything you want
>>> instead of self, as long as you supply a keyword in its place (it can
>>> be "self", "s" or whatever you want).
>>You *can*, yes, but please don't, not if there's any chance that
>>anyone other than you are going to have to look at your code.
>>'self.whatever' is clearly an instance attribute. 's.whatever' isn't
>>clearly anything - the reader will have to go off and work out what
>>the 's' object is.
> +1.
> If there is one coding convention which is constant through the Python
> world, it's that the first argument to a class method is named
> "self".  Using anything else, while legal, is just being different for
> the sake of being different.

Didn't you mean instance method? Class methods are a different
beast, and the few examples I've seen seem to use the word "klas".

John Roth 

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