".>>>" is a good idea! (OT, was: Re: do you master list comprehensions?)

Roel Schroeven rschroev_nospam_ml at fastmail.fm
Thu Dec 16 13:35:25 CET 2004


Stefan Behnel wrote:
> 
> Nick Coghlan schrieb:
> 
>>>>>> data = [['foo','bar','baz'],['my','your'],['holy','grail']]
>>>>>> result = []
>>>>>> for d in data:
>>
>>
>> .>>> data = [['foo','bar','baz'],['my','your'],['holy','grail']]
>> .>>> from itertools import chain
>> .>>> result = "".join(chain(*data))
>> 'foobarbazmyyourholygrail'
> 
> 
> This is the first time I see that and I totally like the idea of writing 
> ".>>>" instead of ">>>" at the beginning of a line. Thank you Dr. Dobb! 
> It's unfortunate for c.l.py that Python uses ">>>" as the default prompt 
> as it messes up the display on mail/news readers that provide "syntax 
> highlighting" for quotes.

Off topic, but indeed: I use Quote Colors in Mozilla which is very nice 
for reading mails or news posts with quotes, but it's very confusing 
with Python's prompt.

Prepending every line with . is not an ideal solution though... I think 
it gets tiresome very quickly.

-- 
"Codito ergo sum"
Roel Schroeven



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