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Python Object-Oriented Python Instant Objects Method Arguments

What Does this code Do?

 def __init__(self, name, sneaky=True, **kwargs):
        self.name = name
        self.sneaky = sneaky

Would you guys explain what does this code do? Totally lost?

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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When you create a new "Thief" object, this method runs and sets the starting conditions of the internal variables "name" and "sneaky".

The "name" must be provided when the object is created, and the "sneaky" value is optional. the "sneaky=True" code will set it to "True" by default if you leave it off. Examples:

lefty = Thief("Ralph", False)  # new Thief "lefty", name is "Ralph" and not sneaky
digger = Thief("Joe")          # new Thief "digger", name is "Joe" and IS sneaky