how to tell a method is classmethod or static method or instance method

Zheng Li dllizheng at
Wed Feb 15 02:46:48 CET 2012

thank you.

I know the second way works.

but in my case, i need "method1" to be a class method, because I use it to create an object.

I have a lot of classes that have "__init__" with 2 arguments -- self, and user id.
usually, "SomeClass(user_id)" is used to create an object of "SomeClass", 
but if "SomeClass" has a class method named "method1", "method1" will be used to finish the job.

and i get it. the context is useful.

On 2012/02/14, at 18:52, Cameron Simpson wrote:

> On 14Feb2012 13:13, Zheng Li <dllizheng at> wrote:
> | > On 13Feb2012 15:59, Zheng Li <dllizheng at> wrote:
> | > | how to tell a method is class method or static method or instance method?
> | > 
> | > Maybe a better question is:
> | >  under what circumstances do you need to figure this out? 
> |
> | I can get "method1" of class "Test" by
> | a = getattr(Test, "method1")
> | 
> | and I also want know how to invoke it
> | a()	or	a(Test())
> Normally:
>  a(T)
> where T is an object of type/class Test. So your second approach is
> notionally correct (aside from making a throwaway object that is then
> discarded).
> | BTW:
> | I don't see what the problem is if I ask a question just because I am curious about it.
> There's nothing wrong with it at all.
> But often, questions arise from some other circumstances and this one is
> of such a flavour that if you wanted this code in a real application it
> would _often_ be the wrong solution to seek, because normally you know
> how to call something - it is not normally useful to introspect it to
> decide what to do.
> So I was wondering what the outer context might be, because there may
> well have been a better solution to the situation that brought up the
> specific question.
> Simple curiosity is sufficient reason, of course.
> -- 
> Cameron Simpson <cs at> DoD#743
> Too young to rest on the weekend, too old to rest during the week.
>        - Mark Randol <ryvw50 at>

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