Need help converting text to csv format
joe at strout.net
Fri Nov 21 17:28:59 CET 2008
On Nov 21, 2008, at 9:22 AM, Tim Golden wrote:
> Tim Chase wrote:
>>> >>> qfields = ['"' + fld.strip() + '"' for fld in (num,desc,date)]
>>> >>> out = qfields.join(',')
>> Just a quick note here to prevent the confusion of the OP...this
>> should be
Thanks Tim #1, for pointing out my error (my standard procedure with
join is to  do it backwards,  curse myself, and  do it
correctly, but it looks like I only copied step 1 into my email).
> To be honest, it's so easy to use the stdlib csv module
> that I'd always recommend that, especially as it covers
> all those annoying corner cases with embedded commas and
> quotes and stuff. And it's tested to hell and back.
And thanks Tim #2, for pointing that out. I had frankly forgotten
about it, but that's good advice.
> ofile.close ()
A follow-up question here... is it really necessary to close things
like files in Python? I've been slumming it in the REALbasic
community for the last decade, where you generally don't worry about
such things, as any object that represents something "open" will
automatically "close" itself when it dies (and since a closed object
in those cases is useless, I'd rather not have it around after it's
closed anyway). Is the same true in Python, or do we need to
explicitly close things?
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