Looking for assignement operator

Bruno Desthuilliers onurb at xiludom.gro
Tue Oct 17 16:51:31 CEST 2006

Jerry wrote:
> I believe the property function is what you are looking for. 

It is not.

> e.g.
> class MyClass:

Descriptors don't work fine with old-style classes. Should be:

class MyClass(object):

>     def __init__(self, val):
>         self.setval(val)
>     def getval(self):
>         return self._val
>     def setval(self, val):
>         assert(isinstance(val, int))
>         self._val = val
>     _val = property(self.getval, self.setval)

NameError : self is not defined.
Should be :
_val = property(getval, setval)

but then - since setval() now calls _vals.__set__(), which itself calls
setval(), you have a nice infinite recursion (well, almost infinite -
hopefully, Python takes care of it).

May I kindly suggest that you learn more about properties and test your
code before posting ?-)

Anyway, even with the following correct code, this won't solve the OP's
class MyClass(object):
    def __init__(self, val):
        self.val = val

    def _getval(self):
        return self._val

    def _setval(self, val):
        self._val = int(val)

    val = property(_getval, _setval)

m = MyClass(42)
=> <__main__.MyClass object at 0x2ae5eaa00410>
=> 42
m = 42
=> 42
=> <type 'int'>

bruno desthuilliers
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