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): self.city = city self.pin = pincreating 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) __main__.Address
>>> a.city 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 >>> a.city 'hyderabad'
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:
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) else: 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