Queue module and Python Documentation Rant

Bart Nessux bart_nessux at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 17 22:39:08 CEST 2004

How can one view the contents of a queue? I'd like to verify that the 
queue has the same number of objects as the list that has been put into 
it. Also, should one think of a queue as static or dynamic (on the put 
side)? Do you put stuff in it once and then get from it until it's empty 
or do you put stuff in it a bit at a time? Or, can you do both? Also, 
does the queue actually get smaller as the threads feed from it or does 
it stay the same size and remember what stuff has been gotten from it 
already? Is this an appropriate way to create a queue of 100,000 items?

url_queue = Queue.Queue(0)
for url in urls:


I ask all of these questions because I find the Python documentation 
lacking, to say the least. Python is a most excellent language, but the 
docs are horrible! IMO, one can learn more about less sane languages 
such as Perl and PHP simply because their documentation is so well 
done... PHP especially. Don't get me wrong, I love Python, just hate 
it's documentation. For a lang that prides itself on ease of use and 
newbie-friendliness, Python should be ashamed of its module documentation



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