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class factory question using python

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I am extending a parser and need to create many classes that are all subclassed from the same object (defined in an external library). When my module is loaded I need all the classes to be created with a particular name but the behavior is all the same. Currently I have a bunch of lines like this:

 class Vspace(Base.Command): pass
 class Boldpath(Base.Command): pass

There are a bunch of lines like that. Is there a better way? Something like

 newclasses = ['Vspace', 'Boldpath', ... ]
 for name in newclasses:
 tmp = type(name, (Base.Command,) {})
 tmp.__name__ = name

Is there a more pythonic way?

posted Jun 26, 2013 by anonymous

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What is your objection against that approach?
By the way, I don't think you need

  tmp.__name__ = name
answer Jun 26, 2013 by anonymous
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