trouble writing results to files

lisa.engblom at lisa.engblom at
Wed Nov 29 17:18:59 CET 2006

Roberto Bonvallet wrote:
> lisa.engblom at wrote:
> > import csv
> > output = csv.writer(open('/Python25/working/output.csv', 'a'))
> > a = ["apple", "cranberry", "tart"]
> > for elem in range(len(a)):
> >    output.writerow(a[elem])
> output.writerow expects a sequence as an argument.  You are passing a
> string, which is a sequence of characters.  By the way, what output are you
> expecting to get?  Do you want a file with only one line (apple,
> cranberry, tart), or each fruit in a different line?

I want it to print everything on one line and then create a new line
where it will print some more stuff.  In my real program I am iterating
and it will eventually print the list a couple hundred times.  But it
would be useful to understand how to tell it to do either.

> BTW, iterating over range(len(a)) is an anti-pattern in Python.  You should
> do it like this:
>     for item in a:
> 	output.writerow([item])

I can try that.  Is using range(len(a)) a bad solution in the sense
that its likely to create an unexpected error? Or because there is a
more efficient way to accomplish the same thing?


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