class Student(object): name = "" age = 0 major = "" # The class "constructor" - It's actually an initializer def __init__(self, name, age, major): self.name = name self.age = age self.major = major def make_student(name, age, major): student = Student(name, age, major) return student
Note that even though one of the principles in Python’s philosophy is “there should be one—and preferably only one—obvious way to do it”, there are still multiple ways to do this. You can also use the two following snippets of code to take advantage of Python’s dynamic capabilities:
class Student(object): name = "" age = 0 major = "" def make_student(name, age, major): student = Student() student.name = name student.age = age student.major = major # Note: I didn't need to create a variable in the class definition before doing this. student.gpa = float(4.0) return student
I prefer the former, but there are instances where the latter can be useful – one being when working with document databases like MongoDB.