Nick Coghlan wrote:
Greg Ewing wrote:
Also, what if I want to refer to fields by name but don't want to have to work out all the offsets
Use the list definition form. With the changes I've suggested above, you wouldn't even have to name the fields you don't care about - just describe them.
That would be okay.
I still don't see a strong justification for having a one-big-string form as well as a list/tuple/dict form, though.