dict.items() vs dict.iteritems and similar questions

Shane Geiger sgeiger at ncee.net
Wed Mar 14 17:54:55 CET 2007

# Just by looking at the output, it seems pretty obvious that xrange 
would be more memory effcient for large ranges:

print "With range():",range(100,200)
print "With xrange():",xrange(100,200)

d = {1:2,2:3,3:4}

#  I have been curious to use Pysizer (which requires patching Python) 
to demonstrate the difference.

Drew wrote:
> When is it appropriate to use dict.items() vs dict.iteritems. Both
> seem to work for something like:
> for key,val in mydict.items():
>   print key,val
> for key,val in mydict.iteritems():
>   print key,val
> Also, when is it appropriate to use range() vs xrange(). From my
> understanding, xrange() essentially gives you an iterator across a
> range, so it should be used when iterating. Should you only use
> range() when want to physically store the range as a list?
> Thanks,
> Drew

Shane Geiger
IT Director
National Council on Economic Education
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