Property setter and lambda question

Ian Kelly ian.g.kelly at
Mon Jul 11 19:35:05 CEST 2011

On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM, Anthony Kong
<anthony.hw.kong at> wrote:
> Thanks again for your input, Thomas.
> I normally prefer
> not_here = property(lambda self: self.__get_not_here(), lambda self, v:
> self.__set_not_here(v))
> than
> not_here = property(__get_not_here, __set_not_here)
> Because it allows me to have a pair getter/setter (when there is a need for
> it). Use of lambda there is ensure derived class of A can provide their
> custom version of getter/setter.

The .setter convenience method also makes it a bit easier for derived
classes to modify getters and setters:

class Base(object):

    def get_my_property(self):
        return self._my_property

    def set_my_property(self, value):
        self._my_property = value

    my_property = property(get_my_property, set_my_property)

class Derived(Base):

    def set_my_property(self, value):
        super(Derived, self).set_my_property(convert(value))

    my_property = Base.my_property.setter(set_my_property)

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