Reset static variables or a workaround

Jean-Michel Pichavant jeanmichel at
Thu Feb 23 11:18:07 CET 2012

Nav wrote:
> Hi Guys,
> I have a custom user form class, it inherits my own custom Form class:
> class UserForm(Form):
>     first_name = TextField(attributes={id='id_firstname'})
> Now, everytime UserForm() is instantiated it saves the attributes of
> each form members and passes it on to the new instance. 
I'm not sure I've understood this sentence but if you're saying that 
class attributes are  copied into the subclass instance, that's wrong.
> I understand
> this is because first_name is static in nature. But I would like to
> reset the first_name for every instance? How can I do this?
> Regards,
> Nav
Class attributes are not default values for instances.
If you want to set the first_name attribute for every instances, you 
have to make it an instance attribute:

class Form:
  def __init__(self):
     self.first_name = "foo"

class UserForm(Form):
  def __init__(self, name):
    self.first_name = name

uForm = UserForm('banana')
print uForm.first_name



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