# Multi-dimension list

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Wed Dec 24 13:59:17 CET 2008

```James Stroud wrote:
> Steven Woody wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> In the book Python Essential Reference, Chapter 3, when talking about
>> extended slicing, it gives an example:  a = m[0:10, 3:20].  But I
>> don't understand how the 'm' was defined.  What should it looks like?
>
> m could be an instance of the Krayzee class.
>
> py> class Krayzee(object):
> ...   def __getitem__(self, i):
> ...     try:
> ...       r = ['WTF?' for j in i]
> ...     except:
> ...       r = 'WTF?'
> ...     return r
> ...
> py> m = Krayzee()
> py> m[1:2:3, 4:5:6]
> ['WTF?', 'WTF?']
> py> m['your moms']
> ['WTF?', 'WTF?', 'WTF?', 'WTF?', 'WTF?', 'WTF?', 'WTF?', 'WTF?', 'WTF?']
>
>
I'm not sure what this is supposed to prove. It might be more helpful to
show what's actually going on ...

>>> class k(object):
...   def __getitem__(self, i):
...     try:
...       r = [j for j in i]
...     except Exception, e:
...       print i, ":", e
...       r = i
...     return r
...
>>> m = k()
>>> m[1:2:3, 4:5:6]
[slice(1, 2, 3), slice(4, 5, 6)]
>>> m["help!"]
['h', 'e', 'l', 'p', '!']
>>>

As you can see, no exceptions are raised here, and the x:y:z notation
introduces a slice object, which the code doesn't handle in any way
shape or form.

regards
Steve

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