More __init__ methods

Mr.SpOOn mr.spoon21 at
Thu Nov 6 19:58:05 CET 2008

On Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 7:44 PM, Tim Golden <mail at> wrote:
> While that's no bad thing, you don't really need to do
> that simply to understand these examples: they're just
> saying "do whatever you need to to make these method
> class methods, not instance methods".


I think this changes the design of my class.

I mean, till now I had something like:

class foo:
    def __init__(self, string=None, integer=None, someinstance=None):
         self.a = 0
         self.b = 0

         if string:
            # do something to calculate "a and b"
         elif integer:
            # do something else to calculate "a and b"

So I used different methods to calculate the same variables.

Now I must pass a and b to the main constructor and calculate them in
the classmethods.

class foo:
    def __init__(self, a, b):
         self.a = a
         self.b = b

    def from_string(self, ..):

What I mean is: I can't use anymore __init__ as the default
constructor, but I always have to specify the way I'm creating my
object. Am I right? I'm asking just to be sure I have understood.

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