Mixing in new-style classes in Zope 2.7

09 April 2008   0 comments   Zope

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Don't ask why I'm developing products for Zope 2.7 but I had to and I should have been more careful with these oldtimers.

I kept getting this error:

TypeError:  expected 2 arguments, got 1

(notice the strange double space after the : colon) This is different from the standard python TypeError when you get the parameters wrong which looks like this TypeError: __init__() takes exactly 2 arguments (1 given).

The line it complained this happened looked like this:

class MyTool(SimpleItem, UniqueObject, OtherClass):
   id = 'some_tool'
   meta_type = 'some meta type'
   def __init__(self, id='some_tool'):
       self.id = id  # <--- THIS WAS THE CULPRIT LINE APPARENTLY!!

I couldn't understand what the hell was wrong on that line! Clearly it wasn't a normal Python error. Here's the explaination: That OtherClass was a new-style class inheriting from object. It looked like this:

class OtherClass(object):

When I changed that to:

class OtherClass:

The whole thing started to work. Long lesson learnt, don't use new-style classes mixed in into Zope 2.7.

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