Newbie question

jmdeschamps at jmdeschamps at
Tue Oct 25 20:01:47 CEST 2005

Geirr wrote:
> Hi, ive just started playing around with python and wondered if someone
> could poing me in the right way here.
> I have a xmlrpc server simple script:
> Server script:
> import SimpleXMLRPCServer
> class tpo:
> 	def retTPOXML():
> 		theFile=open('tpo.xml')
> 		try:
> 			self.strXML =
> 			return self.strXML
> 		finally:
> 			theFile.close()
> tpo_object = tpo()
> server = SimpleXMLRPCServer.SimpleXMLRPCServer(("localhost",8888))
> server.register_instance(tpo_object)
> print "Listening on port 8888"
> server.serve_forever()
> and im trying to print the return value with any luck
> Client Code:
> import xmlrpclib
> server = xmlrpclib.ServerProxy("http://localhost:8888")
> current = server.retTPOXML
> print current
> Any comment would be appriciated

in python, class definitions require that you explicitly refer to the
instance, such as self.myMethod().
In *self.strXML* the word *self* is a variable, it should be part of
the method parameter list such as *def retTPOXML(self):*.
The first parameter of methods (functions in classes) refers to the
instance that is created. (BTW, it could be anything else than *self*,
which is pure convention)
In the client, your not using the method you're refering to it (methods
are yet another sort of objects), yu need the parenthesis such as
*current = server.retTPOXML()*
Notice that on calling the method the object is on the left side of the
dot, and that is the object instance that will be adequated to the
*self* in the class definition.

but you should also read the tutorial.

(others may propose things otherwise (better versed in the theory at
work behind the scene...  ;-))

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