Code redundancy

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at
Tue Apr 20 16:25:07 CEST 2010

Alan Harris-Reid, 20.04.2010 15:43:
> During my Python (3.1) programming I often find myself having to repeat
> code such as...
> class1.attr1 = 1
> class1.attr2 = 2
> class1.attr3 = 3
> class1.attr4 = 4
> etc.
> Is there any way to achieve the same result without having to repeat the
> class1 prefix? Before Python my previous main language was Visual
> Foxpro, which had the syntax...
> with class1
> .attr1 = 1
> .attr2 = 2
> .attr3 = 3
> .attr4 = 4
> etc.
> endwith
> Is there any equivalent to this in Python?

There's more than one way to do this, depending on your actual needs and 
the source of the attributes. I assume this is done in __init__?

This might work for you:

     self.__dict__.update(attr1=1, attr2=2, attr3=3, attr4=4)

You should also think once more about the use of the code you presented 
above, having to set all those attributes may have a little smell. Maybe 
that's totally ok, but since you mention that you "often" find yourself 
doing the above, you may also have a mental design problem somewhere. We 
can't tell unless you provide a more concrete example than what you show above.


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