Polymorphism using constructors

Diez B. Roggisch deets at nospam.web.de
Mon Mar 3 21:09:01 CET 2008

K Viltersten schrieb:
> I'm writing a class for rational numbers
> and besides the most obvious constructor
>  def __init__ (self, nomin, denom):
> i also wish to have two supporting ones
>  def __init__ (self, integ):
>    self.__init__ (integ, 1)
>  def __init__ (self):
>    self.__init__ (0, 1)
> but for some reason (not known to me at
> this point) i get errors. My suspicion is that it's a syntax issue.
> Suggestions?

"errors" is not much of an error-description. That's what stacktraces 
are for.

Apart from that, you won't succeed with the above. Python has no 
signature-based polymorphism. Instead, you use default arguments, like this:

def __init__(nomin=0, denom=1):

That should suffice.


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