Advice Criticism on Python App

Tim Roberts timr at
Sat Mar 27 04:15:27 CET 2010

Steven D'Aprano <steven at> wrote:

>On Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:14:23 -0700, Tim Roberts wrote:
>> Jimbo <nilly16 at> wrote:
>>>class stock:
>>>    code             = ""
>>>    purchasePrice    = 0
>>>    purchaseQuantity = 0
>>>    price            = []  # list of recent prices 
>>>    recentBid        = []  # list of recent bids for stock
>>>    recentOffer      = []  # list of recent offers for stock
>>>    stockVol         = []  # list of stock quantity available on market
>> Using lists as class variables is a very good way to create very
>> surprising bugs.  Consider the following:
>Don't you think that the class attributes are *supposed* to be shared by 
>all instances? In that case the behaviour you show is not a bug at all.

Yes, it occurred to me just after I sent that pot that I had answered a
different question from the one he asked.  I SUSPECT that he is using class
variables as a way to initialize members, not as true class variables.

Thanks for clarifying this.
Tim Roberts, timr at
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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