Apologies for the off topic; this has nothing to do with Django deployment, and I promise it won’t happen often. I explained metaclasses to a friend and he thought I should publish it, and it’s fun, so here it goes.
The reason you are confused by metaclasses is that it’s a mistake Guido van Rossum made. To be precise, it’s one of the two big mistakes he made with respect to Python (the other one is the conditional expression,
a if b else c). The mistake is in the naming. First, they’re not classes (they’re callables). In addition, they aren’t meta (they couldn’t be since they aren’t classes). It’s something like the English horn, which is neither English nor a horn (it’s a kind of French oboe). It’s like neural networks, which aren’t networks, and they aren’t neural either (a better name would be non-linear regression models).
Go read the official Python documentation on “metaclasses”, but whenever you see “metaclass”, either in code or in text, mentally replace it with “class creator”. That is all. You will have no difficulty.
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