What does built-in class attribute __dict__ do in Python?

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A special attribute of every module is __dict__. This is the dictionary containing the module’s symbol table.

object.__dict__

A dictionary or other mapping object used to store an object’s (writable) attributes.

Example

The following code shows how __dict__ works

class MyClass(object):
    class_var = 1

    def __init__(self, i_var):
        self.i_var = i_var

foo = MyClass(2)
bar = MyClass(3)

print MyClass.__dict__
print foo.__dict__
print bar.__dict__

Output

This gives the output

{'__module__': '__main__', 'class_var': 1, '__dict__': <attribute '__dict__' of 'MyClass' objects>, '__weakref__': <attribute '__weakref__' of 'MyClass' objects>, '__doc__': None, '__init__': <function __init__ at 0x0000000004E55CF8>}
{'i_var': 2}
{'i_var': 3}

raja
Published on 12-Jan-2018 14:12:18
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