To learn more about
**kwargs, you can check out the Real Python course Python args and kwargs: Demystified.
Providing Custom Object Creators
To learn more about
Providing Custom Object Creators. Typically, you’ll write a custom implementation of
.__new__() only when you need to control the creation of a new instance at a low level. Now, if you need a custom implementation of this method, then you should follow a few steps. Firstly, create a new instance by calling
super().__new__() with appropriate arguments.
00:24 Secondly, customize the new instance according to your specific needs. And thirdly, return the new instance to continue the instantiation process. With these three steps, you’ll be able to customize the instance creation step in the Python instantiation process.
This example provides a template implementation of
.__new__(). As usual,
.__new__() takes the current class as an argument that’s typically called
cls. In the first line of
.__new__(), you call the parent class’s
.__new__() method to create a new instance and allocate memory for it.
To access the parent class’s
.__new__() method, you use the
super() function. This chain of calls takes you up to
object.__new__(), which is the base implementation of
.__new__() for all Python classes.
object class is the default base class of all Python classes. The next step is to customize your newly created instance. You can do whatever you need to do to customize the instance at hand.
Finally, in the third step, you need to return the new instance to continue the instantiation process with the initialization step. Note that you are using
**kwargs to make the method more flexible and maintainable by accepting any number of arguments. You should always define
**kwargs unless you have a good reason to follow a different pattern. To learn more about these, check out this Real Python course.
In this example, you hand over
**kwargs as additional arguments in the call to
super.__new__(). The underlying
object.__new__() accepts only the class as an argument, so you get a
TypeError when you instantiate the class.
In this implementation of
SomeClass, you don’t override
.__new__(). The object creation is then delegated to
object.__new__(), which now accepts the value and passes it over to
SomeClass.__init__() to finalize the instantiation. Now you can create new instances of
SomeClass, and as you can see, they’re fully initialized.
Now that you know the basics of writing your own implementations of
.__new__(), you’re ready to dive into a few practical examples that feature some of the most common use cases of this method in Python programming. In the next section, you’ll start out by looking at how to subclass an immutable built-in type.
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