property() usage - is this as good as it gets?

David Moss drkjam at
Fri Aug 22 18:18:31 CEST 2008


I want to manage and control access to several important attributes in
a class and override the behaviour of some of them in various

Below is a stripped version of how I've implemented this in my current
bit of work.

It works well enough, but I can't help feeling there a cleaner more
readable way of doing this (with less duplication, etc).

Is this as good as it gets or can this be refined and improved
especially if I was to add in a couple more attributes some fairly
complex over-ride logic?

#!/usr/bin/env python

class A(object):
    def __init__(self):
        self._x = None
        self._y = None

    def _set_x(self, value):
        self._x = value

    def _get_x(self):
        return self._x

    x = property(_get_x, _set_x)

    def _set_y(self, value):
        self._y = value

    def _get_y(self):
        return self._y

    y = property(_get_y, _set_y)

class B(A):
    def __init__(self):
        self._z = None
        super(B, self).__init__()

    def _set_x(self, x):
        #   An example subclass 'set' override.
        if x == 10:
            raise Exception('%r is invalid!' % x)
        self._x = x

    x = property(A._get_x, _set_x)

    def _set_z(self, value):
        self._z = value

    def _get_z(self):
        return self._z

    z = property(_get_z, _set_z)

del A._get_x, A._set_x, A._get_y, A._set_y
del B._set_x, B._get_z, B._set_z

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