Sending Dictionary via Network
bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au
Wed Oct 25 01:51:39 CEST 2006
Larry Bates <larry.bates at websafe.com> writes:
> mumebuhi wrote:
> > Is it possible to send a non-string object from a Python program
> > to another? I particularly need to send a dictionary over to the
> > other program. However, this is not possible using the socket
> > object's send() function.
You want what is called "serialisation": turning a data structure in
Python into a predictable sequence of (usually text) bytes, to turn it
back into an identical data structure at some other point in time.
> You will need to pickle it first and unpickle it on the other end.
There are many serialisation schemes possible; 'pickle' is just one
(and may be the right one in this case).
Others include JSON, marshal, some XML schema, etc.
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