In one of the books I'm using to study Python I keep seeing things like:

class Application(Frame):
           super(Application, self).__init__(master):
           self.grid()
           self.bttn_clicks=0
           self.create_widget"""which is another function in the class"""

Why is the super necessary for the class if the class it's calling is itself?

Edited 5 Years Ago by pyguy62: n/a

to expand on why I'm confused let me explain my understanding of super()

class Classy(Superclass):
         super(Superclass).__init__(self):
            self.something()

that^ makes sense to me, however when the class it is calling, or if Classy's __init__ had super(Classy).init__(self), just does not make sense to me...

Consider the following class hierarchy

import inspect

class A(object):
    def func(self):
        return "A.func"

class B(A):
    def func(self):
        return "B.func"
    
class C(A):
    def func(self):
        return "C.func"
    
class D(B, C):
    def func(self):
        return "D.func"
    
class E(D):
    def func(self):
        return "E.func"
    
if __name__ == "__main__":
    def printmro(k):
        print "mro({0}): {1}".format(k.__name__,
                ", ".join(klass.__name__ for klass in inspect.getmro(k)))
    for k in (A,B,C,D,E):
        printmro(k)
    x = E()
    print "type(x):", type(x).__name__
    print "x.func():", x.func()
    print "super(D, x).func():", super(D, x).func()

""" my output-->
mro(A): A, object
mro(B): B, A, object
mro(C): C, A, object
mro(D): D, B, C, A, object
mro(E): E, D, B, C, A, object
type(x): E
x.func(): E.func
super(D, x).func(): B.func
"""

The mro of a type is the 'method resolution order'. It means that when looking for the method x.func, since x is a E instance, the interpreter looks for a method func() in each of the classes E, D, B, C, A, object in this order, because this is class E's mro.

Now, since x is also an instance of D, we can write super(D, x).func(). Then the method will be searched in D's mro without the class D itself. Since D's mro is D, B, C, A, object, python looks in the list of classes B, C, A, object, and it finds B.func().

In python 2, super is not very useful because one must explicitely use a reference to the class (Application in your example). In python 3, you can use super() in a method without the class name and this improves maintenability because the class name can be changed without modifying the code.

Edited 5 Years Ago by Gribouillis: n/a

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