how to dynamically generate __name__ for an object?

Ian Kelly ian.g.kelly at
Wed Aug 10 11:25:08 EDT 2011

On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 8:48 AM, Fuzzyman <fuzzyman at> wrote:
> __name__ can be a descriptor, so you just need to write a descriptor
> that can be fetched from classes as well as instances.
> Here's an example with a property (instance only):
>>>> class Foo(object):
> ...   @property
> ...   def __name__(self):
> ...     return 'bar'
> ...
>>>> Foo().__name__
> 'bar'


>>> Foo.__name__
>>> repr(Foo())
'<__main__.Foo object at 0x00CAFFD0>'
>>> Foo.__dict__['__name__']
<property object at 0x00CBA6F0>

It seems that Foo.__name__ and Foo.__dict__['__name__'] are not the
same thing, and Python itself only uses the former.

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