Reference class in class creation

Bruno Desthuilliers onurb at xiludom.gro
Tue Nov 21 14:21:14 CET 2006

Gregor Horvath wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to reference a class itself in its body:
> class SomeElement(object):
> 	def __init__(self, mycontainer):
> 		self.mycontainer=mycontainer	
> class SomeContainer(object):
> 	a = SomeElement(SomeContainer)

Are you sure you want to
1/ create SomeElement as a *class* attribute (that is, an attribute
shared by all instances of SomeContainer) and
2/ pass the SomeContainer *class* to the initializer of SomeElement ?

Well, anyway:

> Unfortunatly this does not work since the name SomeContainer is not
> definied at class creation time of SomeContainer:


> How to do this?
> Unfortunatly the obvious:
> class SomeContainer(object):
> 	def __init__(self):
> 		self.a = SomeElement(SomeContainer)

You do understand that declaring 'a' as an attribute of self creates an
instance attribute, while your above snippet creates 'a' as a class
attribute, do you ?

> is not possible because of other constraints.

Care to elaborate ?

FWIW, there are technical answers to your question (look for descriptors
and/or metaclasses)

bruno desthuilliers
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