Python 3, an illustrated tour Transcripts
Chapter: Classes and inheritance
Lecture: Walk-through: super()

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0:00 In this video we're going to look at the super test assignment.
0:04 Here's the assignment.
0:06 It has a function called test Mario and let's just run it and make sure it works,
0:11 right click and say run super test and I get one fail, that's because there's one test here.
0:17 I get an import error line 26.
0:20 Okay, that looks okay.
0:23 I'm going to change my size here a little bit
0:25 so we can get a little bit more code on the screen.
0:28 This test has a table that lists people from Mario Brothers, the game.
0:33 So across the top are Mario Brothers,
0:36 down the left hand side are various skills
0:38 and here are their levels or scores for those skills.
0:41 So it says create a base class called character
0:43 that has speed, jump and power methods.
0:46 They should each return 2.
0:48 Create subclasses for Mario and Luigi that use super to call the parent class method
0:52 and increment the value by the appropriate amount
0:54 before returning it and put this function in a module called py3code.py
1:00 It says function here, it should say put this code in a module called py3code.py
1:07 There's a py3.code guy right here
1:09 and it says put your super stuff right there.
1:12 I'm going to right click on this and say move right
1:16 and I'm going to adjust my size here bump my fonts down a little bit
1:23 they are 20, I'll just put them down to 16 for this assignment.
1:35 Okay, so we need to make a class called character so class character.
1:43 and it needs to have 3 methods,
1:47 it needs to have a speed, jump and power method.
1:50 So to make a method here I say def and I'm just going to call it speed
1:54 and PyCharm automatically puts itself in there for me
1:59 and I'll just say return 2 and I'll just copy these, and I'll indent them.
2:13 And I'll change the name, so this is speed,
2:15 this should be jump and this one should be power.
2:22 Okay, so there's our base character and he has certain skills.
2:28 Let's make a Mario subclass and say class Mario
2:33 and I put the parent class in the parentheses here.
2:36 So the parent class is character.
2:39 And I need to make a speed method
2:42 and he's going to have self as the first parameter
2:47 and what the assignment wants me to do is
2:49 it wants me to rather than just saying return Mario has a speed of 4,
2:53 it says it wants me to say value or some intermediate variable is super.speed.
3:03 And this should return 2, and then instead of returning 2,
3:06 we're going to return value plus 2, that should get us 4.
3:10 And we'll do a similar thing for the other guys.
3:15 So this should be instead of speed here,
3:19 we'll say this is jump, we'll change this to jump.
3:24 And this one should be power, we'll change this to power.
3:32 So this shows how we call the parent class method here.
3:36 We just say super and that gives us access to the parent class
3:39 and then we call the method on that.
3:42 Let's run this and see if it works.
3:44 So I need to run the test code over here, not that py3code.
3:48 So I'm going to run super test.
3:50 And I get an import error cannot import Luigi.
3:53 So apparently, I need to make a Luigi as well. Let's do a Luigi as well.
4:06 Luigi, and his speed is going to be 1 greater,
4:12 his jump is going to be 3 greater, and his power is going to be 1 greater.
4:17 Okay, let's run it again and see if it works now.
4:20 Okay, it looks like it worked.
4:23 So let's look at the test here really quickly.
4:26 It's just creating an instance of Mario and calling the speed method on Mario.
4:30 It's asserting that character is in the __bases__ attribute of the Mario class.
4:35 So when you create a class there's a __bases__ attribute the list the base classes.
4:40 It's asserting that the speed is the correct value
4:43 and then it's making a little function here called speed that looks like a method
4:48 and it's monkey patching that m for speed
4:51 to make the base be return 5 instead of the base speed of 2
4:57 and then it's calling Mario again to see that Mario speed now returns 7, 2 more than that 5
5:03 and Luigi speed returns 1 more than that 5.
5:12 Okay, hopefully you understand a little bit more
5:14 about the super method or super function built-in in Python
5:18 when you're in a method and you want to call a parent method
5:21 rather than explicitly saying, in this case rather than saying character.speed,
5:25 we say super, that allows us to get access to character.
5:29 but if we change this or refactor it later where character is no longer the base class
5:33 super will do the right thing.