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8.6: The __str__ Method

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  • __str__ is a special method, like __init__, that is supposed to return a string representation of an object.

    For example, here is a str method for Time objects:

    # inside class Time:
        def __str__(self):
            return '%.2d:%.2d:%.2d' % (self.hour, self.minute, self.second)

    When you print an object, Python invokes the str method:

    >>> time = Time(9, 45)
    >>> print time

    When I write a new class, I almost always start by writing __init__, which makes it easier to instantiate objects, and __str__, which is useful for debugging.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{1}\)

    Write a str method for the Point class. Create a Point object and print it.

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