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Python Object-Oriented Python Instant Objects Methods

What is an instance of a class or method?

how do i establish one in a class and how do i use an instance?

1 Answer

Shay Paustovsky
Shay Paustovsky
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Hi Elisha,

What you're describing right now is part of the OOP Paradigm (Object-Oriented-Programming). Now I don't have experience in Python but I have in other OOP-languages.

Class - Imagine that you have a car: the car has properties (color, model, maker, etc..) and action it can take (drive, stop, turn engine, etc...) A class is simply a way to abstract those details.

Instance- Is simply the object, but unless you have assigned default values for properties in your object you will probably instantiate it i.e - make a copy of it and give it a name. later you can access it's properties and methods

Method- Is a fancy word for function, the only difference is that methods act on the properties inside an object and functions are global.

Hope this helped


thank you!