[Tutor] static method

Christian Tismer tismer@appliedbiometrics.com
Tue, 14 Dec 1999 15:30:22 +0100

"Yanko, Curtis (GSP)" wrote:
> How can we use this to implement a Singleton Pattern?

Well, you can do it. I just looked singletons up at

but if you just want a singleton, it really doesn't matter whether
this is a class or an instance, so this thingie does it:

>>> class Singleton:
... 	def __init__(self):
... 		global Singleton
... 		Singleton = self
... 	def __call__(self):
... 		return self
>>> y=Singleton()
>>> x=Singleton()
>>> x is y

Yes it is a cricular reference. Yes it is dynamic rewrite of
a class. Yes it behaves right.

>>> x.func = lambda x:x+1
>>> y.func(3)

Why? Well, in this case I've put the idea upside down.
Assigning a function to an instance does *not* try to
bind it, and we are there :-)

This all makes not much of sense if you need access to 'self',
so put your real methods into the class before overwriting.

ciao - chris

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