__autoinit__ (Was: Proposal: reducing self.x=x; self.y=y; self.z=z boilerplate code)

Kay Schluehr kay.schluehr at gmx.net
Sat Jul 9 14:39:34 CEST 2005

Ralf W. Grosse-Kunstleve schrieb:
> My initial proposal
> (http://cci.lbl.gov/~rwgk/python/adopt_init_args_2005_07_02.html) didn't
> exactly get a warm welcome...

Well ... yes ;)

Ralf, if you want to modify the class instantiation behaviour you
should have a look on metaclasses. That's what they are for. It is not
a particular good idea to integrate a new method into the object base
class for each accidental idea and write a PEP for it.

I provide you an example which is actually your use case. It doesn't
change the class hierarchy : the metaclass semantics is not "is a" as
for inheritance but "customizes" as one would expect also for

class autoattr(type):
    The autoattr metaclass is used to extract auto_xxx parameters from
    the argument-tuple or the keyword arguments of an object
constructor __init__
    and create object attributes mit name xxx and the value of auto_xxx
    into __init__
    def __init__(cls,name, bases, dct):
        old_init = cls.__init__
        defaults = cls.__init__.im_func.func_defaults
        varnames = cls.__init__.im_func.func_code.co_varnames[1:]

        def new_init(self,*args,**kwd):
            for var,default in zip(varnames[-len(defaults):],defaults):
                if var.startswith("auto_"):
                    self.__dict__[var[5:]] = default
            for var,arg in zip(varnames,args):
                if var.startswith("auto_"):
                    self.__dict__[var[5:]] = arg
            for (key,val) in kwd.items():
                if key.startswith("auto_"):
                    self.__dict__[key[5:]] = val
        cls.__init__ = new_init

class app:
    __metaclass__ = autoattr
    def __init__(self, auto_x, y, auto_z = 9):

>>> a = app(2,5)
>>> a.x
>>> a.z
>>> a.y
-> AttributeError


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