In django, __init__ function on Model, causes attribute error, cannot save to database

I am using django and a model definition such as

class Question(models.Model): title = models.CharField(max_length=100) description = models.TextField() order = models.IntegerField() def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs): self.title = kwargs.get('title','Default Title') self.description = kwargs.get('description', 'DefDescription') self.order = kwargs.get('order', 0)

Attempting to call save() on an object of the question class, causes the shell to respond with

/django/db/", line 133, in _route_db return hints['instance']._state.db or DEFAULT_DB_ALIAS AttributeError: 'Question' object has no attribute '_state'

However, removing the __init__ function, makes everything ok again. Any idea on what causes this and how to resolve it?

many thanks

-------------Problems Reply------------

You need to call the superclass' __init__ method at some point in your subclass' __init__ method:

def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
super(Question, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
# your code here

According to the Django models docs, it's not recommended to overwrite __init__ method for models. Using @classmethod or custom manager is preferred.

Category:django Views:8 Time:2010-07-06
Tags: django

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