[Tutor] learning classes (kinda long)

Kent Johnson kent37 at tds.net
Sun Jul 31 16:26:23 CEST 2005

Reed L. O'Brien wrote:
> This is a little long
> a program consisting of
> bsserver.py ## to define server class and methods
> bscaller.py     ## to define a test class subclasses for services (imap
> http pop dns et al)
> bslogger.py ## to log and analyze tests and send emails on
> exceptions/failures
> bsmain.py  ## that instantiates classes and controls flow
> bs.conf  ## the config
> given a configuration:
> [foo]
> fqdn: foo.dom.com
> services: http,imap,pop
> [bar]
> fqdn: bar.dom.org
> services: dns,http
> then given:
> config = ConfigParser.ConfigParser()
> config.read('config.txt')
> I want to be able to create instances of a class, via a loop; feeding in
> the values from the config. something like:
> for section in config.sections():
>     section = bsserver.Server() 

As Luke and Alan have pointed out, you are probably better off storing the servers in a map. So the above would look like

sections = {}
for section in config.sections():
    sections[section] = bsserver.Server() 

> Additionanlly I would like to call them and pass in their name from teh
> section part of the config and also the options fqdn as well as services
> as a list.
> for section in config.sections():
>     section = bsserver.Server(config.get(section, 'fqdn'),
> config.get(section, 'services')
> currently my server class is defined as:
> class Server:
>     def fqdn(self, value):
>         self.fqdn
>     def services(self, value):
>         self.services = value
>     def name(self, value):
>         self.name = value

If you want to pass arguments to the Server constructor you need to define an __init__() method. You want to pass two arguments - section and fqdn - so your __init__() method will look like this:
  def __init__(self, section, fqdn):
    self.section = section
    self.fqdn = fqdn

Note that setter methods like fqdn(), services(), name() are rarely used in Python. Common practice is to access the attributes directly even from client code.


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