Abstract Base Classes

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au
Fri Nov 11 05:55:13 CET 2005

Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org> wrote:
> class FooException(Exception):
>       def __init__(self):
>           if self.__class__ == FooException:
>              raise NotImplementedError,
>                    "FooException is an abstract class for exceptions"

Shall try this when I get the chance. Thanks.

> Personally, I find this unpythonic. FooException doesn't contribute
> anything, and has no real reason for existing.

The purpose is to be able to specify an 'except FooException:' in some
user of that module; this allows exceptions from that particular
module to be handled differently, if necessary. (And so on for a
hierarchy of modules in a package, if that's warranted.)

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