instance attributes not inherited?

Dan Sommers me at
Mon Jan 16 04:13:28 CET 2006

On Sun, 15 Jan 2006 20:37:36 -0500,
"John M. Gabriele" <john_sips_teaz at> wrote:

> David Hirschfield wrote:

>> Nothing's wrong with python's oop inheritance, you just need to know
>> that the parent class' __init__ is not automatically called from a
>> subclass' __init__. Just change your code to do that step, and you'll
>> be fine:

[example snipped]

> How does it help that Parent.__init__ gets called? That call simply
> would create a temporary Parent object, right? I don't see how it
> should help (even though it *does* indeed work).

The __init__ method is an *initializer*, *not* a constructor.  By the
time __init__ runs, the object has already been constructed; __init__
just does extra initialization.


Dan Sommers

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