[Tutor] __slots__

Kent Johnson kent37 at tds.net
Thu Oct 13 00:22:46 CEST 2005

Liam Clarke wrote:
> Well, all I can say is, don't use them unless you need them, they're a
> lot of hassle.

I think the conventional advice is something like, if you don't understand why using slots is a bad idea, you have no business using them :-)

> I created two versions of the same object, same attribute values,  one
> with slots, one without.
> With slots, it pickled to a string of 163 characters. Without,
> 341.That's 178 bytes saved, rough approximation. So, if I create 5000
> objects, I've saved somewhere around 900Kb of RAM.

Does the size of the pickle correlate to the size of the runtime object? I don't know...


> At 500,000 objects I'd be saving roughly 86Mb of RAM, assuming that a
> pickled object corresponds to one in memory. Or, 86Mb of HD space.
> Of course, having to learn what __getstate__ was in order to pickle
> the slotted instance wasn't much fun. Remember, premature optimisation
> is bad...
> This was a smaller object, so it'll be interesting to see what economy
> an object with 70ish attributes makes. FWIW, I'm doing the exact
> opposite of XP, and building to handle 300,000 to 600,000 objects...
> Regards,
> Liam Clarke
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