[Python-ideas] Raise StopIteration with same value on subsequent `next`s
Guido van Rossum
guido at python.org
Mon Dec 11 15:06:35 EST 2017
IIRC we considered this when we designed this (PEP 380) and decided that
hanging on to the exception object longer than necessary was not in our
On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 1:10 AM, Franklin? Lee <
leewangzhong+python at gmail.com> wrote:
> Consider the following code, which creates a generator that
> immediately returns 1, and then catches the StopIteration twice.
> def generatorfunction():
> if False: yield
> return 1
> def get_return(gen):
> except StopIteration as e:
> return e.value
> raise ValueError("Generator was not ready to stop.")
> gen = generatorfunction()
> get_return(gen) #=> 1
> get_return(gen) #=> None
> The first time StopIteration is raised, it contains the returned
> value. If StopIteration is forced again, the value is missing.
> What about keeping the return value for subsequent raises? Perhaps as
> an attribute on the generator object? The main disadvantage is that
> it'd add another reference, keeping the return value alive as long as
> the generator is alive. However, I don't think you'll want to keep a
> dead generator around anyway.
> status quo: the return value is only available on the first stop. C#
> does not have the concept of returning from an iterator.
> Background: I made a trampoline for a toy problem, using generators as
> coroutines to recurse.
> When it came time to memoize it, I had to couple the memoization with
> the trampoline, because I could not cache the answer before it was
> computed, and I could not cache the generator object because it would
> not remember its return value later.
> I would have attached the returned value to the generator object, but
> for some reason, generator and coroutine objects can't take
> attributes. Maybe I should ask for that feature instead.
> Either feature would allow the concept of a coroutine that is also a thunk.
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