string to list of numbers conversion

henning henning.von.rosen at
Thu Nov 9 05:10:13 CET 2006

jm.suresh at skrev:

> Hi,
>   I have a string '((1,2), (3,4))' and I want to convert this into a
> python tuple of numbers.

I think your question is deeper and more natural than is clear from the
many recepies given so far in this thread, so I'll take on another
point of view,

>From a language design perspective, there is no reason why not the
parsing capacity of the Python interpreter would be accessible in a
modular fashion to the user/programmer. E.g used like this:

I an imaginable Python, define you expect for an answer. In this case:
# import junctions, types from maybefuture:-)
string = ((1,2), (3,4))
type a = tuple a | int
myTuple = eval(string, goal=a)

Obviously, if you expect _only_ the given form, then this might be

# import types from maybefuture:-)
type a = ((int,int),(int,int))
myTuple = eval(string, goal=a)

Note the use of a "a|b" in line 2 (I think Perl 6 is among the few
programming languages giving a reasonable semantics to junctions so

Version 2 above sholud not be a big addition to Python conceptually.
It is easy to think clearly about.
It makes it easier to use eval safely and makes code more readable.

This is a topic of interest to me, so feel free to post either on list
or directly to me.


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