[Tutor] Translate this VB.NET code into Python for me?

Jerry Hill malaclypse2 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 16:10:50 CET 2008

On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 8:05 AM, Dick Moores <rdm at rcblue.com> wrote:
>  By the second chapter I've begun to suspect that GUIs aside, Python
>  is a lot simpler to write. Could someone prove that to me by
>  translating the code I've pasted at
>  <http://py77.python.pastebin.com/f24d74b17> (from pp. 51-54 of the
>  book), which prints

This code is pretty straightforward to translate into python.  It's
pretty short so, I've pasted it inline:

import sys

class Dog(object):
    def __init__(self, name, sound="barks"):
        self.name = name
        self.sound = sound
    def bark(self):
        print "%s %s" % (self.name, self.sound)
    def do_your_thing(self):
        raise NotImplementedError

class Rottweiler(Dog):
    def do_your_thing(self):
        print "%s snarls at you in a menacing fashion." % self.name

class Spaniel(Dog):
    def do_your_thing(self):
        print "%s licks you all over, then drools on you." % self.name

if __name__ == "__main__":
    butch = Rottweiler("Butch")
    mac = Spaniel("Mac", "yips")



It's probably more pythonic to not define the Dog.do_your_thing()
method at all than to raise the NotImplementedError, but I think that
this way mirrors the VB code a bit better.  I don't think there's a
good way to mark the entire Dog class as abstract in python, which I
think is what the VB code does with the "MustInherit Class Dog" line.


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