Question

The __init__() function gets called when object is created. Is it ok to call an object __init__() function again, after its been created?

instance = cls(p1=1, p2=2)
# some code
instance.__init__(p1=123, p2=234)
# some more code
instance.__init__(p1=23, p2=24)

why would anyone wanna call __init__() on an object that is already created?

good question. i wanna re-initialize the instance's fields.

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Solution

It's fine to call __init__ more than once on an object, as long as __init__ is coded with the effect you want to obtain (whatever that may be). A typical case where it happens (so you'd better code __init__ appropriately!-) is when your class's __new__ method returns an instance of the class: that does cause __init__ to be called on the returned instance (for what might be the second, or twentieth, time, if you keep "recycling" instances via your __new__!-).

OTHER TIPS

You can, but it's kind of breaking what __init__ is intended to do. A lot of Python is really just convention, so you might as well follow then and expect __init__ to only be called once. I'd recommend creating a function called init or reset or something which sets the instance variables, use that when you want to reset the instance, and have __init__ just call init. This definitely looks more sane:

x = Pt(1,2)
x.set(3,4)
x.set(5,10)

As far as I know, it does not cause any problems (edit: as suggested by the kosher usage of super(...).__init__(...)), but I think having a reset() method and calling it both in __init__() and when you need to reset would be cleaner.

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