Returning values from function to Python shell/IPython

Jorge Vargas jorge.vargas at
Sun Mar 9 18:36:44 CET 2008

On Sun, Mar 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM, Karlo Lozovina <_karlo_ at> wrote:
> Jorge Vargas wrote:
>  > 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.
>  Messy, all of those... :(.
>  > 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 or
>  > something less verbosed like nose
>  Usually, I'm using standard Python testing modules, but sometimes that is
>  just an overkill. Sometimes I like to do 'exploratory programming',
>  especially in the early phases of development - create a bunch of objects I
>  want to play with and do that from IPython. Only way I found out to
>  somewhat automate this procedure is to have a function that creates all of
>  the test objects, and then raises an exception at the end. IPython starts
>  ipdb, so I can work with the objects the function created (without copying
>  them back to the shell). But this somehow looks too hack-ish for me, so I
>  was wondering if there was an alternative...
ohhh if that is the case then what you are doing seems to be the
optimal. Just have module lvl code ran the testing in fact I don't
even put those into the if __name__, the reason is that this is just
temp testing that will later become real unit testing, and will never
hit a production app. it gives you the most flexibility.
>  Anyway, thanks for your answer ;).
>  --
>  Karlo Lozovina -- Mosor
>  --

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