Returning values from function to Python shell/IPython

Jorge Vargas jorge.vargas at gmail.com
Sun Mar 9 17:32:27 CET 2008


On Sun, Mar 9, 2008 at 9:56 AM, Karlo Lozovina <_karlo_ at mosor.net> wrote:
> Hi all!
>
>  I have a runTest() function inside my module, which sets up and initializes
>  lots of objects and performs some basic tests on them. Usually (from
>  IPython) I just write `run my_module.py`, and then `runTest()`. But
>  sometimes I would like to manually twiddle with objects runTest creates. Is
>  there any way I can "return" all those objects local to runTest(), and have
>  them available in IPython (or ordinary Python shell)?

well after all it's a function so the only ways you can get things out
of it are:
- return a dict with all the objects
- use global (very messy)
- use a decorator to do either of the above.


on the other hand have you consider using a proper test package?
instead of inspecting the objects manually from the shell you could
make it all automatic. with assert statements. you could use the std.
python testing modules http://docs.python.org/lib/development.html or
something less verbosed like nose
http://code.google.com/p/python-nose/
>
>  Thanks...
>
>
>  P.S.
>  I know I can do it from a:
>
>  if __name__ == '__main__':
>   # lots of object initialization...
>
>  and then have all those objects available in the interpreter.
>
>  --
>  Karlo Lozovina -- Mosor
>  --
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>



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