Code redundancy

Alan Harris-Reid aharrisreid at
Wed Apr 21 01:56:53 CEST 2010

Ethan Furman wrote:
> Alan Harris-Reid wrote:
>> The code is not usually in class.__init__ (otherwise I would have 
>> used the self. prefix), but I like your self.__dict__.update(...) 
>> solution and I'll try and remember it.
>> The code I was thinking of goes something like as follows (don't have 
>> a specific example to hand, but the principal is the same)...
>> NewClass = BaseClass()
>> NewClass.attr1 = value1
>> NewClass.attr2 = value2
>> NewClass.attr3 = value3
>> etc.
>> So if there are more than a couple of attributes to set for a class 
>> instance, how would you approach it (short of passing the values as 
>> parameters to BaseClass)?
> Unless I'm missing something (your use-case, perhaps? ;) in this 
> example NewClass is *not* a class -- it's an instance of BaseClass, 
> and you are dynamically adding attributes to it.
> It's definitely a switch coming from FoxPro (me, too!), but it is well 
> worth it once your brain starts working pythonically.
> ~Ethan~
Hi Ethan,
You are correct - NewClass is an instance of BaseClass and I chose a 
very bad class-name as an example.

Good to see ex-Fox people on this list.  I have recently got stuck-into 
learning Python after my last VFP contract finished last December - wish 
I had started years ago.  Really glad I went for Python, which I thought 
would be the easiest transition from Foxpro (I looked at other 
languages, but none came near to Python in terms of popularity and 
developer-friendly syntax).  What's your story?


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