best way to get data into a new instance?

tobiah toby at
Thu Sep 28 17:15:13 CEST 2006

> So I'm wondering, is the best way to get all this information into the 
> object to just have a really long __init__ method that takes each argument?

As was pointed out, you might ask that absolutely essential information
be passed to the constructor such as employee id#, but other then
that, I think that it is more usual to do:

class Employee:

	__init__(self, id): = id

e = Employee(32445)

... later

e.firstname = 'foo'
e.lastname = 'bar'

... more as the information comes about.

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