Antoine Pitrou, 07.08.2013 08:04:
Take a look at IncrementalParser: http://docs.python.org/dev/library/xml.etree.elementtree.html#incremental-pa...
Hmm, that seems to be a somewhat recent addition (April 2013). I would have preferred hearing about it before it got added.
I don't like the fact that it adds a second interface to iterparse() that allows injecting arbitrary content into the parser. You can now run iterparse() to read from a file, and at an arbitrary iteration position, send it a byte string to parse from, before it goes reading more data from the file. Or take out some events before iteration continues.
I think the implementation should be changed to make iterparse() return something that wraps an IncrementalParser, not something that is an IncrementalParser.
Also, IMO it should mimic the interface of the TreeBuilder, which calls the data reception method "data()" and the termination method "close()". There is no reason to add yet another set of methods names just to do what others do already.