A few things of the many things I learned last weeks in Python.
This is what I used to do to conditionally set settings:
class MyClass: def method(self, args**): <some code block> if some_arg == "condition": self.option = "this setting" <run some code> <call a method> else: self.option = "another setting" <run some other code> <call a different method> <some more code block> myclass = MyClass() myclass.method(args)
And it could be much more complicated.
Using an object oriented approach, can be so much nicer.
class MyBaseClass: def method(self, args**): <some code block> self._submethod(subargs**) <some more code block> @abstractmethod def _submethod(): pass
The private submethod would then be defined in the child classes. First for “condition”
class MyClass_condiontion(MyBaseClass): def _submethod():: self.option = "this setting" <run some code> <call a method> # can be in this or the parent class
Second for the else:
class MyClass_else_condiontion(MyBaseClass): def _submethod():: self.option = "another setting" <run some other code> <call a different method> # can be in this or the parent class
To call the classes one could use the condition:
if some_arg == "condition": myclass = MyClass_condiontion() else: myclass = MyClass_else_condiontion() myclass.method(args)
With this approach the coding is so much neater. Each method knows what it has to do and there is no fuss about the settings.
While I still feel, it would have been nice, if I’d have learned these little things before (which comes from the thought I would be liked more, and from the expectation of perfectionism by me and because of that I also think others expect perfectionism from me – which is just not achievable), it is nice to pick new things up now. While I thought in my 20s that in many areas of life I can stop learning at some point, in the last years I learned that learning will never end in any part of life, and that is good! Because if I stop being willing to learn, I will go backwards.