Better writing in python

J. Clifford Dyer jcd at
Wed Oct 24 14:44:52 CEST 2007

On Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 12:09:40PM -0000, Alexandre Badez wrote regarding Better writing in python:
> lMandatory = []
> lOptional = []
> for arg in cls.dArguments:
>   if arg is True:
>     lMandatory.append(arg)
>   else:
>     lOptional.append(arg)
> return (lMandatory, lOptional)
> I think there is a better way, but I can't see how...

I assume cls.dArguments is a dict, correct?

`for arg in cls.dArguments` takes each *key* for cls.dArguments and assigns it to arg, so the line 'if arg is True' will test the truth value of each key.  I assume (you haven't shown the details here) that your dict looks like this:

cls.dArguments = { 'a': True, 'b': False, 'c': True, 'd': False, '': True, 0: False }

and you want your for loop to do this:

lMandatory == [ 'a', 'c', '' ]
lOptional == [ 'b', 'd', 0 ]

in fact, since it's testing the truth value of the keys, not the values, you will get this:

lMandatory == [ 'a', 'b', 'c', 'd' ]
lOptional == [ '', 0 ]

In no particular order, of course.

Also, `if x is True:` should be written as `if x:`

Actually, come to think of it, what I said above is false, because the string 'a' *is not* the boolean value True, per se: it is *equal to* True.  So if you change `if x is True:` to `if x == True:`  then everything I said above holds true, including that you should change `if x == True:` to `if x:`

As it stands, the only key in your dict that has a snowball's chance in key largo of being marked as mandatory is the boolean value True itself.


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