dataclasses — 데이터 클래스

소스 코드: Lib/dataclasses.py


This module provides a decorator and functions for automatically adding generated special methods such as __init__() and __repr__() to user-defined classes. It was originally described in PEP 557.

The member variables to use in these generated methods are defined using PEP 526 type annotations. For example, this code:

from dataclasses import dataclass

@dataclass
class InventoryItem:
    """Class for keeping track of an item in inventory."""
    name: str
    unit_price: float
    quantity_on_hand: int = 0

    def total_cost(self) -> float:
        return self.unit_price * self.quantity_on_hand

will add, among other things, a __init__() that looks like:

def __init__(self, name: str, unit_price: float, quantity_on_hand: int = 0):
    self.name = name
    self.unit_price = unit_price
    self.quantity_on_hand = quantity_on_hand

이 메서드는 클래스에 자동으로 추가됩니다: 위의 InventoryItem 정의에서 직접 지정되지는 않았습니다.

버전 3.7에 추가.

Module contents

@dataclasses.dataclass(*, init=True, repr=True, eq=True, order=False, unsafe_hash=False, frozen=False, match_args=True, kw_only=False, slots=False, weakref_slot=False)

이 함수는 (아래에서 설명하는) 생성된 특수 메서드를 클래스에 추가하는데 사용되는 데코레이터 입니다.

The dataclass() decorator examines the class to find fields. A field is defined as a class variable that has a type annotation. With two exceptions described below, nothing in dataclass() examines the type specified in the variable annotation.

생성된 모든 메서드의 필드 순서는 클래스 정의에 나타나는 순서입니다.

The dataclass() decorator will add various “dunder” methods to the class, described below. If any of the added methods already exist in the class, the behavior depends on the parameter, as documented below. The decorator returns the same class that it is called on; no new class is created.

dataclass() 가 매개변수 없는 단순한 데코레이터로 사용되면, 이 서명에 문서화 된 기본값들이 제공된 것처럼 행동합니다. 즉, 다음 dataclass() 의 세 가지 용법은 동등합니다:

@dataclass
class C:
    ...

@dataclass()
class C:
    ...

@dataclass(init=True, repr=True, eq=True, order=False, unsafe_hash=False, frozen=False,
           match_args=True, kw_only=False, slots=False, weakref_slot=False)
class C:
    ...

dataclass() 의 매개변수는 다음과 같습니다:

  • init: If true (the default), a __init__() method will be generated.

    If the class already defines __init__(), this parameter is ignored.

  • repr: If true (the default), a __repr__() method will be generated. The generated repr string will have the class name and the name and repr of each field, in the order they are defined in the class. Fields that are marked as being excluded from the repr are not included. For example: InventoryItem(name='widget', unit_price=3.0, quantity_on_hand=10).

    If the class already defines __repr__(), this parameter is ignored.

  • eq: If true (the default), an __eq__() method will be generated. This method compares the class as if it were a tuple of its fields, in order. Both instances in the comparison must be of the identical type.

    If the class already defines __eq__(), this parameter is ignored.

  • order: If true (the default is False), __lt__(), __le__(), __gt__(), and __ge__() methods will be generated. These compare the class as if it were a tuple of its fields, in order. Both instances in the comparison must be of the identical type. If order is true and eq is false, a ValueError is raised.

    If the class already defines any of __lt__(), __le__(), __gt__(), or __ge__(), then TypeError is raised.

  • unsafe_hash: If False (the default), a __hash__() method is generated according to how eq and frozen are set.

    __hash__() is used by built-in hash(), and when objects are added to hashed collections such as dictionaries and sets. Having a __hash__() implies that instances of the class are immutable. Mutability is a complicated property that depends on the programmer’s intent, the existence and behavior of __eq__(), and the values of the eq and frozen flags in the dataclass() decorator.

    By default, dataclass() will not implicitly add a __hash__() method unless it is safe to do so. Neither will it add or change an existing explicitly defined __hash__() method. Setting the class attribute __hash__ = None has a specific meaning to Python, as described in the __hash__() documentation.

    If __hash__() is not explicitly defined, or if it is set to None, then dataclass() may add an implicit __hash__() method. Although not recommended, you can force dataclass() to create a __hash__() method with unsafe_hash=True. This might be the case if your class is logically immutable but can nonetheless be mutated. This is a specialized use case and should be considered carefully.

    Here are the rules governing implicit creation of a __hash__() method. Note that you cannot both have an explicit __hash__() method in your dataclass and set unsafe_hash=True; this will result in a TypeError.

    If eq and frozen are both true, by default dataclass() will generate a __hash__() method for you. If eq is true and frozen is false, __hash__() will be set to None, marking it unhashable (which it is, since it is mutable). If eq is false, __hash__() will be left untouched meaning the __hash__() method of the superclass will be used (if the superclass is object, this means it will fall back to id-based hashing).

  • frozen: If true (the default is False), assigning to fields will generate an exception. This emulates read-only frozen instances. If __setattr__() or __delattr__() is defined in the class, then TypeError is raised. See the discussion below.

  • match_args: If true (the default is True), the __match_args__ tuple will be created from the list of parameters to the generated __init__() method (even if __init__() is not generated, see above). If false, or if __match_args__ is already defined in the class, then __match_args__ will not be generated.

버전 3.10에 추가.

  • kw_only: If true (the default value is False), then all fields will be marked as keyword-only. If a field is marked as keyword-only, then the only effect is that the __init__() parameter generated from a keyword-only field must be specified with a keyword when __init__() is called. There is no effect on any other aspect of dataclasses. See the parameter glossary entry for details. Also see the KW_ONLY section.

버전 3.10에 추가.

  • slots: If true (the default is False), __slots__ attribute will be generated and new class will be returned instead of the original one. If __slots__ is already defined in the class, then TypeError is raised.

버전 3.10에 추가.

버전 3.11에서 변경: If a field name is already included in the __slots__ of a base class, it will not be included in the generated __slots__ to prevent overriding them. Therefore, do not use __slots__ to retrieve the field names of a dataclass. Use fields() instead. To be able to determine inherited slots, base class __slots__ may be any iterable, but not an iterator.

  • weakref_slot: If true (the default is False), add a slot named “__weakref__”, which is required to make an instance weakref-able. It is an error to specify weakref_slot=True without also specifying slots=True.

버전 3.11에 추가.

필드는 선택적으로 일반적인 파이썬 문법을 사용하여 기본값을 지정할 수 있습니다:

@dataclass
class C:
    a: int       # 'a' has no default value
    b: int = 0   # assign a default value for 'b'

In this example, both a and b will be included in the added __init__() method, which will be defined as:

def __init__(self, a: int, b: int = 0):

TypeError will be raised if a field without a default value follows a field with a default value. This is true whether this occurs in a single class, or as a result of class inheritance.

dataclasses.field(*, default=MISSING, default_factory=MISSING, init=True, repr=True, hash=None, compare=True, metadata=None, kw_only=MISSING)

일반적이고 간단한 사용 사례의 경우 다른 기능은 필요하지 않습니다. 그러나 필드별로 추가 정보가 필요한 일부 데이터 클래스 기능이 있습니다. 추가 정보에 대한 필요성을 충족시키기 위해, 기본 필드 값을 제공된 field() 함수 호출로 바꿀 수 있습니다. 예를 들면:

@dataclass
class C:
    mylist: list[int] = field(default_factory=list)

c = C()
c.mylist += [1, 2, 3]

As shown above, the MISSING value is a sentinel object used to detect if some parameters are provided by the user. This sentinel is used because None is a valid value for some parameters with a distinct meaning. No code should directly use the MISSING value.

field() 의 매개변수는 다음과 같습니다:

  • default: 제공되면, 이 필드의 기본값이 됩니다. 이것은 field() 호출 자체가 기본값의 정상 위치를 대체하기 때문에 필요합니다.

  • default_factory: 제공되면, 이 필드의 기본값이 필요할 때 호출되는 인자가 없는 콜러블이어야 합니다. 여러 용도 중에서도, 이것은 아래에서 논의되는 것처럼 가변 기본값을 가진 필드를 지정하는 데 사용될 수 있습니다. defaultdefault_factory 를 모두 지정하는 것은 에러입니다.

  • init: If true (the default), this field is included as a parameter to the generated __init__() method.

  • repr: If true (the default), this field is included in the string returned by the generated __repr__() method.

  • hash: This can be a bool or None. If true, this field is included in the generated __hash__() method. If None (the default), use the value of compare: this would normally be the expected behavior. A field should be considered in the hash if it’s used for comparisons. Setting this value to anything other than None is discouraged.

    hash=False 이지만 compare=True 로 설정하는 한 가지 가능한 이유는, 동등 비교에 포함되는 필드가 해시값을 계산하는 데 비용이 많이 들고, 형의 해시값에 이바지하는 다른 필드가 있는 경우입니다. 필드가 해시에서 제외된 경우에도 비교에는 계속 사용됩니다.

  • compare: If true (the default), this field is included in the generated equality and comparison methods (__eq__(), __gt__(), et al.).

  • metadata: 매핑이나 None이 될 수 있습니다. None은 빈 딕셔너리로 취급됩니다. 이 값은 MappingProxyType() 로 감싸져서 읽기 전용으로 만들어지고, Field 객체에 노출됩니다. 데이터 클래스에서는 전혀 사용되지 않으며, 제삼자 확장 메커니즘으로 제공됩니다. 여러 제삼자는 이름 공간으로 사용할 자신만의 키를 가질 수 있습니다.

  • kw_only: If true, this field will be marked as keyword-only. This is used when the generated __init__() method’s parameters are computed.

버전 3.10에 추가.

필드의 기본값이 field() 호출로 지정되면, 이 필드의 클래스 어트리뷰트는 지정한 default 값으로 대체됩니다. default 가 제공되지 않으면 클래스 어트리뷰트는 삭제됩니다. 그 의도는, dataclass() 데코레이터 실행 후에, 기본값 자체가 지정된 것처럼 클래스 어트리뷰트가 모드 필드의 기본값을 갖도록 만드는 것입니다. 예를 들어, 이렇게 한 후에는:

@dataclass
class C:
    x: int
    y: int = field(repr=False)
    z: int = field(repr=False, default=10)
    t: int = 20

클래스 어트리뷰트 C.z10 이 되고, 클래스 어트리뷰트 C.t20 이 되고, 클래스 어트리뷰트 C.xC.y 는 설정되지 않게 됩니다.

class dataclasses.Field

Field 객체는 정의된 각 필드를 설명합니다. 이 객체는 내부적으로 생성되며 fields() 모듈 수준 메서드(아래 참조)가 돌려줍니다. 사용자는 직접 Field 인스턴스 객체를 만들어서는 안 됩니다. 문서화 된 어트리뷰트는 다음과 같습니다:

  • name: 필드의 이름.

  • type: 필드의 형.

  • default, default_factory, init, repr, hash, compare, metadata, and kw_only have the identical meaning and values as they do in the field() function.

다른 어트리뷰트도 있을 수 있지만, 내부적인 것이므로 검사하거나 의존해서는 안 됩니다.

dataclasses.fields(class_or_instance)

데이터 클래스의 필드들을 정의하는 Field 객체들의 튜플을 돌려줍니다. 데이터 클래스나 데이터 클래스의 인스턴스를 받아들입니다. 데이터 클래스 나 데이터 클래스의 인스턴스를 전달하지 않으면 TypeError 를 돌려줍니다. ClassVar 또는 InitVar 인 의사 필드는 반환하지 않습니다.

dataclasses.asdict(obj, *, dict_factory=dict)

Converts the dataclass obj to a dict (by using the factory function dict_factory). Each dataclass is converted to a dict of its fields, as name: value pairs. dataclasses, dicts, lists, and tuples are recursed into. Other objects are copied with copy.deepcopy().

Example of using asdict() on nested dataclasses:

@dataclass
class Point:
     x: int
     y: int

@dataclass
class C:
     mylist: list[Point]

p = Point(10, 20)
assert asdict(p) == {'x': 10, 'y': 20}

c = C([Point(0, 0), Point(10, 4)])
assert asdict(c) == {'mylist': [{'x': 0, 'y': 0}, {'x': 10, 'y': 4}]}

To create a shallow copy, the following workaround may be used:

dict((field.name, getattr(obj, field.name)) for field in fields(obj))

asdict() raises TypeError if obj is not a dataclass instance.

dataclasses.astuple(obj, *, tuple_factory=tuple)

Converts the dataclass obj to a tuple (by using the factory function tuple_factory). Each dataclass is converted to a tuple of its field values. dataclasses, dicts, lists, and tuples are recursed into. Other objects are copied with copy.deepcopy().

이전 예에서 계속하면:

assert astuple(p) == (10, 20)
assert astuple(c) == ([(0, 0), (10, 4)],)

To create a shallow copy, the following workaround may be used:

tuple(getattr(obj, field.name) for field in dataclasses.fields(obj))

astuple() raises TypeError if obj is not a dataclass instance.

dataclasses.make_dataclass(cls_name, fields, *, bases=(), namespace=None, init=True, repr=True, eq=True, order=False, unsafe_hash=False, frozen=False, match_args=True, kw_only=False, slots=False, weakref_slot=False, module=None)

Creates a new dataclass with name cls_name, fields as defined in fields, base classes as given in bases, and initialized with a namespace as given in namespace. fields is an iterable whose elements are each either name, (name, type), or (name, type, Field). If just name is supplied, typing.Any is used for type. The values of init, repr, eq, order, unsafe_hash, frozen, match_args, kw_only, slots, and weakref_slot have the same meaning as they do in dataclass().

If module is defined, the __module__ attribute of the dataclass is set to that value. By default, it is set to the module name of the caller.

이 함수가 꼭 필요하지는 않습니다. 임의의 파이썬 메커니즘으로 __annotations__ 을 갖는 새 클래스를 만든 후에 dataclass() 함수를 적용하면 데이터 클래스로 변환되기 때문입니다. 이 함수는 편의상 제공됩니다. 예를 들어:

C = make_dataclass('C',
                   [('x', int),
                     'y',
                    ('z', int, field(default=5))],
                   namespace={'add_one': lambda self: self.x + 1})

는 다음과 동등합니다:

@dataclass
class C:
    x: int
    y: 'typing.Any'
    z: int = 5

    def add_one(self):
        return self.x + 1
dataclasses.replace(obj, /, **changes)

Creates a new object of the same type as obj, replacing fields with values from changes. If obj is not a Data Class, raises TypeError. If values in changes do not specify fields, raises TypeError.

The newly returned object is created by calling the __init__() method of the dataclass. This ensures that __post_init__(), if present, is also called.

Init-only variables without default values, if any exist, must be specified on the call to replace() so that they can be passed to __init__() and __post_init__().

changesinit=False 를 갖는 것으로 정의된 필드를 포함하는 것은 에러입니다. 이 경우 ValueError 가 발생합니다.

replace()를 호출하는 동안 init=False 필드가 어떻게 작동하는지 미리 경고합니다. 그것들은 소스 객체로부터 복사되는 것이 아니라, (초기화되기는 한다면) __post_init__() 에서 초기화됩니다. init=False 필드는 거의 사용되지 않으리라고 예상합니다. 사용된다면, 대체 클래스 생성자를 사용하거나, 인스턴스 복사를 처리하는 사용자 정의 replace() (또는 비슷하게 이름 지어진) 메서드를 사용하는 것이 좋을 것입니다.

dataclasses.is_dataclass(obj)

매개변수가 데이터 클래스나 데이터 클래스의 인스턴스면 True를 반환하고, 그렇지 않으면 False를 반환합니다.

(데이터 클래스 자체가 아니라) 데이터 클래스의 인스턴스인지 알아야 한다면 not isinstance(obj, type) 검사를 추가하십시오:

def is_dataclass_instance(obj):
    return is_dataclass(obj) and not isinstance(obj, type)
dataclasses.MISSING

A sentinel value signifying a missing default or default_factory.

dataclasses.KW_ONLY

A sentinel value used as a type annotation. Any fields after a pseudo-field with the type of KW_ONLY are marked as keyword-only fields. Note that a pseudo-field of type KW_ONLY is otherwise completely ignored. This includes the name of such a field. By convention, a name of _ is used for a KW_ONLY field. Keyword-only fields signify __init__() parameters that must be specified as keywords when the class is instantiated.

In this example, the fields y and z will be marked as keyword-only fields:

@dataclass
class Point:
    x: float
    _: KW_ONLY
    y: float
    z: float

p = Point(0, y=1.5, z=2.0)

In a single dataclass, it is an error to specify more than one field whose type is KW_ONLY.

버전 3.10에 추가.

exception dataclasses.FrozenInstanceError

Raised when an implicitly defined __setattr__() or __delattr__() is called on a dataclass which was defined with frozen=True. It is a subclass of AttributeError.

초기화 후처리

dataclasses.__post_init__()

When defined on the class, it will be called by the generated __init__(), normally as self.__post_init__(). However, if any InitVar fields are defined, they will also be passed to __post_init__() in the order they were defined in the class. If no __init__() method is generated, then __post_init__() will not automatically be called.

다른 용도 중에서도, 하나나 그 이상의 다른 필드에 의존하는 필드 값을 초기화하는데 사용할 수 있습니다. 예를 들면:

@dataclass
class C:
    a: float
    b: float
    c: float = field(init=False)

    def __post_init__(self):
        self.c = self.a + self.b

The __init__() method generated by dataclass() does not call base class __init__() methods. If the base class has an __init__() method that has to be called, it is common to call this method in a __post_init__() method:

@dataclass
class Rectangle:
    height: float
    width: float

@dataclass
class Square(Rectangle):
    side: float

    def __post_init__(self):
        super().__init__(self.side, self.side)

Note, however, that in general the dataclass-generated __init__() methods don’t need to be called, since the derived dataclass will take care of initializing all fields of any base class that is a dataclass itself.

매개변수를 __post_init__() 에 전달하는 방법은 초기화 전용 변수에 대한 아래 섹션을 참조하십시오. 또한 replace()init=False 필드를 처리하는 방식에 관한 경고를 보십시오.

클래스 변수

One of the few places where dataclass() actually inspects the type of a field is to determine if a field is a class variable as defined in PEP 526. It does this by checking if the type of the field is typing.ClassVar. If a field is a ClassVar, it is excluded from consideration as a field and is ignored by the dataclass mechanisms. Such ClassVar pseudo-fields are not returned by the module-level fields() function.

초기화 전용 변수

Another place where dataclass() inspects a type annotation is to determine if a field is an init-only variable. It does this by seeing if the type of a field is of type dataclasses.InitVar. If a field is an InitVar, it is considered a pseudo-field called an init-only field. As it is not a true field, it is not returned by the module-level fields() function. Init-only fields are added as parameters to the generated __init__() method, and are passed to the optional __post_init__() method. They are not otherwise used by dataclasses.

예를 들어, 클래스를 만들 때 값이 제공되지 않으면, 필드가 데이터베이스로부터 초기화된다고 가정합시다:

@dataclass
class C:
    i: int
    j: int | None = None
    database: InitVar[DatabaseType | None] = None

    def __post_init__(self, database):
        if self.j is None and database is not None:
            self.j = database.lookup('j')

c = C(10, database=my_database)

이 경우, fields()ij 를 위한 Field 객체를 반환하지만, database 는 반환하지 않습니다.

고정 인스턴스

It is not possible to create truly immutable Python objects. However, by passing frozen=True to the dataclass() decorator you can emulate immutability. In that case, dataclasses will add __setattr__() and __delattr__() methods to the class. These methods will raise a FrozenInstanceError when invoked.

There is a tiny performance penalty when using frozen=True: __init__() cannot use simple assignment to initialize fields, and must use object.__setattr__().

계승

데이터 클래스가 dataclass() 데코레이터에 의해 생성될 때, 클래스의 모든 베이스 클래스들을 MRO 역순(즉, object 에서 시작해서)으로 조사하고, 발견되는 데이터 클래스마다 그 베이스 클래스의 필드들을 순서 있는 필드 매핑에 추가합니다. 모든 생성된 메서드들은 이 합쳐지고 계산된 순서 있는 필드 매핑을 사용합니다. 필드들이 삽입 순서이기 때문에, 파생 클래스는 베이스 클래스를 재정의합니다. 예:

@dataclass
class Base:
    x: Any = 15.0
    y: int = 0

@dataclass
class C(Base):
    z: int = 10
    x: int = 15

필드의 최종 목록은 순서대로 x, y, z 입니다. x 의 최종 형은 클래스 C 에서 지정된 int 입니다.

The generated __init__() method for C will look like:

def __init__(self, x: int = 15, y: int = 0, z: int = 10):

Re-ordering of keyword-only parameters in __init__()

After the parameters needed for __init__() are computed, any keyword-only parameters are moved to come after all regular (non-keyword-only) parameters. This is a requirement of how keyword-only parameters are implemented in Python: they must come after non-keyword-only parameters.

In this example, Base.y, Base.w, and D.t are keyword-only fields, and Base.x and D.z are regular fields:

@dataclass
class Base:
    x: Any = 15.0
    _: KW_ONLY
    y: int = 0
    w: int = 1

@dataclass
class D(Base):
    z: int = 10
    t: int = field(kw_only=True, default=0)

The generated __init__() method for D will look like:

def __init__(self, x: Any = 15.0, z: int = 10, *, y: int = 0, w: int = 1, t: int = 0):

Note that the parameters have been re-ordered from how they appear in the list of fields: parameters derived from regular fields are followed by parameters derived from keyword-only fields.

The relative ordering of keyword-only parameters is maintained in the re-ordered __init__() parameter list.

기본 팩토리 함수

field()default_factory 를 지정하면, 필드의 기본값이 필요할 때 인자 없이 호출됩니다. 예를 들어, 리스트의 새 인스턴스를 만들려면, 이렇게 하세요:

mylist: list = field(default_factory=list)

If a field is excluded from __init__() (using init=False) and the field also specifies default_factory, then the default factory function will always be called from the generated __init__() function. This happens because there is no other way to give the field an initial value.

가변 기본값

파이썬은 기본 멤버 변숫값을 클래스 어트리뷰트에 저장합니다. 데이터 클래스를 사용하지 않는 이 예제를 생각해보세요:

class C:
    x = []
    def add(self, element):
        self.x.append(element)

o1 = C()
o2 = C()
o1.add(1)
o2.add(2)
assert o1.x == [1, 2]
assert o1.x is o2.x

클래스 C 의 두 인스턴스는 예상대로 같은 클래스 변수 x 를 공유합니다.

데이터 클래스를 사용해서, 만약 이 코드가 올바르다면:

@dataclass
class D:
    x: list = []      # This code raises ValueError
    def add(self, element):
        self.x += element

비슷한 코드를 생성합니다:

class D:
    x = []
    def __init__(self, x=x):
        self.x = x
    def add(self, element):
        self.x += element

assert D().x is D().x

This has the same issue as the original example using class C. That is, two instances of class D that do not specify a value for x when creating a class instance will share the same copy of x. Because dataclasses just use normal Python class creation they also share this behavior. There is no general way for Data Classes to detect this condition. Instead, the dataclass() decorator will raise a ValueError if it detects an unhashable default parameter. The assumption is that if a value is unhashable, it is mutable. This is a partial solution, but it does protect against many common errors.

기본 팩토리 함수를 사용하면 필드의 기본값으로 가변형의 새 인스턴스를 만들 수 있습니다:

@dataclass
class D:
    x: list = field(default_factory=list)

assert D().x is not D().x

버전 3.11에서 변경: Instead of looking for and disallowing objects of type list, dict, or set, unhashable objects are now not allowed as default values. Unhashability is used to approximate mutability.

Descriptor-typed fields

Fields that are assigned descriptor objects as their default value have the following special behaviors:

  • The value for the field passed to the dataclass’s __init__ method is passed to the descriptor’s __set__ method rather than overwriting the descriptor object.

  • Similarly, when getting or setting the field, the descriptor’s __get__ or __set__ method is called rather than returning or overwriting the descriptor object.

  • To determine whether a field contains a default value, dataclasses will call the descriptor’s __get__ method using its class access form (i.e. descriptor.__get__(obj=None, type=cls). If the descriptor returns a value in this case, it will be used as the field’s default. On the other hand, if the descriptor raises AttributeError in this situation, no default value will be provided for the field.

class IntConversionDescriptor:
    def __init__(self, *, default):
        self._default = default

    def __set_name__(self, owner, name):
        self._name = "_" + name

    def __get__(self, obj, type):
        if obj is None:
            return self._default

        return getattr(obj, self._name, self._default)

    def __set__(self, obj, value):
        setattr(obj, self._name, int(value))

@dataclass
class InventoryItem:
    quantity_on_hand: IntConversionDescriptor = IntConversionDescriptor(default=100)

i = InventoryItem()
print(i.quantity_on_hand)   # 100
i.quantity_on_hand = 2.5    # calls __set__ with 2.5
print(i.quantity_on_hand)   # 2

Note that if a field is annotated with a descriptor type, but is not assigned a descriptor object as its default value, the field will act like a normal field.