[Python-ideas] `__iter__` for queues?
tjreedy at udel.edu
Wed Jan 20 03:06:16 CET 2010
On 1/19/2010 4:20 PM, cool-RR wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:10 PM, Simon Brunning
> <simon at brunningonline.net
> <mailto:simon at brunningonline.net>> wrote:
> 2010/1/19 cool-RR <cool-rr at cool-rr.com
> <mailto:cool-rr at cool-rr.com>>:
> > Is there a reason that queues don't have an `__iter__` method? I
> mean both
> > `Queue.Queue` and `multiprocessing.Queue`.
> Could it be made threadsafe?
> Simon B.
> For me, iterating on the queue means just calling `get` repeatedly until
> it's empty.
Explicit .get()s release the queue between getting each item so other
code can also put and get. A mutable collection iterator may or may not
lock the collection or monitor mutations. Dict iteration (and, I
presume, set iteration, but I see nothing in the doc) monitors mutation.
List iteration does not. While modifying a list during iteration can
have uses, it is also leads to bugs and newby confusion. On the
otherhand, one can write explicitly iterate dicts with
k,v = dict.getitem()
<go ahead and modify dict>
and the same with set.pop and have no problem.
So iterating with an iterator is not quite the same as repeated one-item
Terry Jan Reedy
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