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Python Object-Oriented Python (retired) Inheritance Instance Methods

Why do we unpack a dictionary, if there isn't a dictionary specified (Self, **kwargs) ?

Why do we unpack a dictionary, if there isn't a dictionary specified (Self, **kwargs) ?

def init (self, **kwargs): # during initialization the first parameter is within this instance, unpack dictionary ??

why are we unpacking the dictionary as a parameter to the function.

1 Answer

Kenneth Love
Kenneth Love
Treehouse Guest Teacher

We're actually packing the dictionary here. The ** allows us to take any number of keyword arguments and turns them into a dict when we get into the method itself.

Kevin Faust
Kevin Faust
15,353 Points

This is a sidecomment but you never pass in a dictionary when creating an object and this leads to the mass confusion. Why are we packing a dictionary, why are we using setattr, etc. when we are not doing it and not once have you shown it either. It would have been better if an example was shown