object oriented programming in python

object oriented programming in python

Object oriented programming is one of the programming approaches in solving the problems with progamming. Python supports object oriented programming(OOP) approach. While using OOP's in  python we mostly use terms like object, class, method, etc.

Some of the principles of Object Oriented Programming

  • class
  • object
  • method
  • inheritance
  • polymorphism
  • data abstraction
  • encapsulation


  • Class is a program-code-template for creating the objects.
  • Classes provide a means of bundling data and functionality together.
  • Class Definition Syntax
    class ClassName:
  • example class
    class MyClass:
        """A simple example class"""
        i = 12345
        def f(self):
            return 'hello world'


  • object refers to a particular instance of a class, where the object can be a combination of variables, functions, and data structures.
  • object can have state and behaviour.
  • creation of object is called instantiation, hence object is called as instance of the class.
  • let's create the object for above class.
    x = MyClass()
    print("Value of attribute i:", x.i)
    # Output: 12345


  • method is a function/procedure that is associated with the object.
  • let's see an example
    x = MyClass()
    print("Value of method f():", x.f())
    # Output: hello world


  • Inheritance is simply aquiring the properties from the parent class to the inherited class.
  • Let's consider that we have two classes "A" and "B". If class "B" inherits the class "A" then class "A" is called as Base Class / Super Class for class "B".
  • Class "B" is called as child class for class "A". 


  • Polymorphism is the ability to leverage the same interface for different underlying forms such as data types or classes. This permits functions to use entities of different types at different times.



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