__init__ is the initialiser
roy at panix.com
Sat Feb 1 02:10:46 CET 2014
In article <mailman.6233.1391214984.18130.python-list at python.org>,
Ethan Furman <ethan at stoneleaf.us> wrote:
> I found calling __init__ the constructor very confusing.
I've heard many people say this, and it's always sort of befuddled me.
In C++, a constructor is really an initializer too. By the time C++'s
Foo::Foo() or Python's Foo.__init__() get called, memory has already
been allocated, so I would say the object has been constructed. Yet,
C++ people are perfectly happy calling this "thing that takes some
allocated hunk of memory and sets its attributes to useful values" a
constructor, and Python people are not.
 Well, they really call it a ctor, but I chalk that up to the same
sort of silliness that makes pythonistas pronounce "__" as "dunder" :-)
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