A good example of why a student may need Chat GPT is let's assume that a computer science student is at home trying to understand what is a constructor of a class, but this student doesn't have a teacher around. No problem! Chat GPT comes to the rescue. Let's ask Chat GPT what is a constructor, OK?
A student asks:
Chat GPT answers:
newkeyword is used to create an instance of an object that is created using a constructor function. When you use the
newkeyword, it does the following:
- Creates a new, empty object.
- Sets the value of
thisto be the new object.
- Calls the constructor function with the
thisvalue set to the new object.
- If the constructor function doesn't return a value, the
newoperator implicitly returns the new object.
newkeyword, but in that case, you will need to create the object yourself and call the constructor function using the object as the
In Python, you don't need to use a
newkeyword or a constructor function to create an object. Instead, you can just create an object using the class name, like this:
class MyClass: def __init__(self): self.value = 0 obj = MyClass()
__init__method serves as a constructor function in Python, and it is called automatically when you create an object using the
I think the answer that Chat GPT gave is quite good. If I were this student, I certainly understood that Chat GPT suggested that a constructor would be called upon to prepare and assign attributes to an object that you would want to create (instantiate) from a class. This is object-oriented stuff of course! This is why at the end, Chat GPT mentioned that function __init__ inside MyClass is how Python would look for first to see what it could assign to an object before actually creating this object, and in this case, is MyClass object.
In summary, AI like Chat GPT will be really useful for so many students and people who like to self-learn. I think it's a great technology we should embrace. Just like any other tool, this Chat GPT could be used for all sorts of purposes. A hacker could use it to speed up his hacking, but a student could also use it to speed up a learning process. It's up to the user!