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static (class) methods via decorators
Objects - Intermediate example from a Well House Consultants training course
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   • Methods that run on classes (static methods) in Python - [link]

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Source code: ting2 Module: Y112

""" This example shows how you can write dynamic (or object)
methods in Python - example is "getval", or static methods
using the @staticmethod decorator. You can also write methods
which work in both ways, using the @classmethod decorator.

One of the common requirements in any Object based system is
to write comparators, and this example includes both "larger"
and "largest" methods to illustrat how it's well done in Python.

If you've found this page on our web site, the link above will
take you to further text about staticmethod and classmethod; if
you need to see the URL, it's


class thing(object):
   count = 0

   def __init__(self, value):
      self.value = value
      if value > 6:
         thing.count += 1

   def getval(self):
      return self.value

   # Make it callable on class
   def counter():
      return thing.count

   # Make it callable on objects or class
   def counter2(self):
      # "self" is the object or the class
      return thing.count

   def larger(this,that):
      if this.getval() > that.getval():
          return this
      return that

   def largest(these):
      so_far = these[0]
      for tryme in these[1:]:
          so_far = tryme.larger(so_far)
      return so_far

stuff = [thing(4), thing(6), thing(12), thing(9)]

print thing.counter()
print thing.counter2()

lgr = stuff[3].larger(stuff[1])
print lgr.getval()

lgs = thing.largest(stuff)
print lgs.getval()

""" Sample output:

Dorothy-2:pyx grahamellis$ python ting2
Dorothy-2:pyx grahamellis$


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