Using meta classes in Python to create a Constants class
I was writing some Python code for a project and needed a class to hold constants. Unfortunately, Python doesn’t natively support constants or static classes. After trying several different methods of implementing a constants class in this language, I decided to use a meta class. The code looks like this:
In Python, a metaclass defines how a class behaves. A class is an instance of a metaclass. Setting a “__metaclass__” attribute in a class tells Python to use the metaclass specified to construct the new class.
The way that my class is implemented, I can easily add new read-only constants using private variables and properties in the MetaConstants class and call them statically using the Constants class.
These are effectively immutable; the metaclass prevents changes to the properties.