ClassName.attribute vs self.__class__.attribute

Hrvoje Niksic hniksic at
Thu Jun 5 23:59:58 CEST 2008

"bruno.desthuilliers at" <bruno.desthuilliers at>

> On 5 juin, 17:40, Gabriel Rossetti <gabriel.rosse... at>
> wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I had read somewhere that it is preferred to use
>> self.__class__.attribute over ClassName.attribute to access class (aka
>> static) attributes.
> It's even prefered to use self.attribute,

I was going to write exactly that, but it occurred to me that he might
want to be *assigning* to self.__class__.attribute (or
HisClass.attribute) from his methods, in which case self.attribute
would be quite different.

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