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Python Object and Classes
Updated on Jan 07, 2020
Creating object and classes #
Python is an object-oriented language. In python everything is object i.e
bool even modules, functions are also objects.
Object oriented programming use objects to create programs, and these objects stores data and behaviours.
Defining class #
Class name in python is preceded with
class keyword followed by a colon (
:). Classes commonly contains data field to store the data and methods for defining behaviors. Also every class in python contains a special method called initializer (also commonly known as constructors), which get invoked automatically every time new object is created.
Let's see an example.
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class Person: # constructor or initializer def __init__(self, name): self.name = name # name is data field also commonly known as instance variables # method which returns a string def whoami(self): return "You are " + self.name
Here we have created a class called
Person which contains one data field called
name and method
What is self? #
All methods in python including some special methods like initializer have first parameter
self. This parameter refers to the object which invokes the method. When you create new object the
self parameter in the
__init__ method is automatically set to reference the object you have just created.
Creating object from class #
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p1 = Person('tom') # now we have created a new person object p1 print(p1.whoami()) print(p1.name)
You are tom tom
When you call a method you don't need to pass anything to
self parameter, python automatically does that for you behind the scenes.
You can also change the
name data field.
p1.name = 'jerry' print(p1.name)
Although it is a bad practice to give access to your data fields outside the class. We will discuss how to prevent this next.
Hiding data fields #
To hide data fields you need to define private data fields. In python you can create private data field using two leading underscores. You can also define a private method using two leading underscores.
Let's see an example
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class BankAccount: # constructor or initializer def __init__(self, name, money): self.__name = name self.__balance = money # __balance is private now, so it is only accessible inside the class def deposit(self, money): self.__balance += money def withdraw(self, money): if self.__balance > money : self.__balance -= money return money else: return "Insufficient funds" def checkbalance(self): return self.__balance b1 = BankAccount('tim', 400) print(b1.withdraw(500)) b1.deposit(500) print(b1.checkbalance()) print(b1.withdraw(800)) print(b1.checkbalance())
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Insufficient funds 900 800 100
Let's try to access
__balance data field outside of class.
AttributeError: 'BankAccount' object has no attribute '__balance'
As you can see, now the
__balance field is not accessible outside the class.
In next chapter we will learn about operator overloading.
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