Python Memory Management and Tips Transcripts
Chapter: Memory and classes
Lecture: Concept: Class dictionaries

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0:00 We're gonna talk about this idea, this concept called "slots",
0:03 which lets us much more efficiently store data associated with a class at the cost of
0:09 some dynamic flexibility. So, standard Python classes we saw look like this. Here
0:15 we've got a thing, we call it a dynamic thing, because we can do the
0:18 dynamic stuff to it, like later on
0:20 add features to it. If we create three of them: d1, d2, d3,
0:24 and they have numbers: 1,2,3,4, 4,5,6,7, 7,8,9,10
0:29 you can see they each have a newly allocated and managed dictionary, and each one of
0:35 those is gonna point over here to,
0:38 you know, it's gonna have its own details,
0:40 Right? So the first one is gonna have "field a", which currently
0:43 has a value of 1, the "field b" has the value 2 and so on.
0:46 But the last one, the "field a" is value 7 and so on.
0:50 And we saw that we can even dynamically add to these objects.
0:53 I don't think that's a super good idea,
0:54 but you can do it. And these dictionaries are there to support that
0:59 amongst other types of things. This is how things work
1:02 unless you take specific actions. This doesn't look super efficient,
1:07 does it, right? Especially the repeating of the keys a,
1:10 b, c and d over and over.
1:12 If I've got a list of 100,000 dynamic things,
1:16 I've got a, b, c, and d as keys stored in this dictionary,
1:19 repeated 100,000 times.
1:22 Maybe we can do something with that to make our code more efficient in terms of memory usage.