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List of Python Class Special Methods or Magic Methods


In this blog posts lets discuss about using magic methods/special methods in python development

What happens when we create an object in python class?

class Address(object):
    def __init__(self, city, pin): = city = pin

creating instance of the object

a = Address("hyderabad", "500082")

before creating the instance of the class "__new__" method will be called. This method takes  parameter "class", "args", "kwargs" and  It will bind the data type to given class. After it will call the "__init__" method with arguments and keyword arguments.

>>> a = Address.__new__(Address)
>>> type(a)
AttributeError: 'Address' object has no attribute 'city'
# object created but not initialised that's the reason we get error
>>> a.__init__("hyderabad", "500082")
# now we can access the attributes

we can cosider bilt-in methods of an object as magic methods. We can also override the built-in methods functionality.

list of magic methods:

Binary Operators

Operator           Method
+                  object.__add__(self, other)
-                  object.__sub__(self, other)
*                  object.__mul__(self, other)
//                 object.__floordiv__(self, other)
/                  object.__div__(self, other)
%                  object.__mod__(self, other)
**                 object.__pow__(self, other[, modulo])
<<                 object.__lshift__(self, other)
>>                 object.__rshift__(self, other)
&                  object.__and__(self, other)
^                  object.__xor__(self, other)
|                  object.__or__(self, other)

Assignment Operators:

Operator          Method
+=                object.__iadd__(self, other)
-=                object.__isub__(self, other)
*=                object.__imul__(self, other)
/=                object.__idiv__(self, other)
//=               object.__ifloordiv__(self, other)
%=                object.__imod__(self, other)
**=               object.__ipow__(self, other[, modulo])
<<=               object.__ilshift__(self, other)
>>=               object.__irshift__(self, other)
&=                object.__iand__(self, other)
^=                object.__ixor__(self, other)
|=                object.__ior__(self, other)

Unary Operators:

Operator          Method
-                 object.__neg__(self)
+                 object.__pos__(self)
abs()             object.__abs__(self)
~                 object.__invert__(self)
complex()         object.__complex__(self)
int()             object.__int__(self)
long()            object.__long__(self)
float()           object.__float__(self)
oct()             object.__oct__(self)
hex()             object.__hex__(self)

Comparison Operators

Operator          Method
<                 object.__lt__(self, other)
<=                object.__le__(self, other)
==                object.__eq__(self, other)
!=                object.__ne__(self, other)
>=                object.__ge__(self, other)
>                 object.__gt__(self, other)

Let's take an example to override the functionality "+" [__add__] operator

class Vector(object):
    def __init__(self, *args):
        """ Create a vector, example: v = Vector(1,2) """
        if len(args) == 0:
             self.values = (0,0)
             self.values = args

    def __add__(self, other):
        """ Returns the vector addition of self and other """
        added = tuple(a + b for a, b in zip(self.values, other.values) )
        return Vector(*added)

now use the "+" operator with two vectors

>>> v1 = Vector(1, 2)
>>> v2 = Vector(10, 13)
>>> v3 = v1 + v2
>>> v3.values
(11, 15)

When statement "v3 = v1 + v2 " executes "__add__"  is called and it returns a new Vector object.

for more information please visit the python docs