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I'm not sure what's the point of the magic methods string conversion example

I don't understand what is the advantage of using the dunder string conversion (str) method as oppose to just writing a normal method that converts an instance into a string.

For example:

  def __str__(self):

        return "{}: {}".format(self.__class__.__name__, self.name)

does the exact same thing as the following:

  def strconv(self):

        return "{}: {}".format(self.__class__.__name__, self.name)

the difference is that I didn't use the dunder magic method for the method name.

1 Answer

Daniel Turato
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Daniel Turato
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You're right, there is no real difference in the output from both methods. However, magic methods are already built with python already so it's a standard to use these when you need them.