Winter Madness - Passing Python objects as Strings

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Fri Jun 5 06:54:30 EDT 2009

En Fri, 05 Jun 2009 07:00:24 -0300, Hendrik van Rooyen  
<mail at> escribió:

> "Terry Reedy" <tj. at> wrote:
>> You have multiple threads within a long running process.  One thread
>> repeatedly reads a socket.
> Yes and it puts what it finds on a queue. - it is a pre defined simple  
> comma
> delimited record.
>>  You wanted to be able to occasionally send
>> an object to that thread.
> Close - to another thread that reads the queue, actually.
>> Rather than rewrite the thread to also poll a
>> queue.Queue(), which for CPython sends objects by sending a pointer,
> It is in fact reading a queue, and what it gets out in the vast majority  
> of
> cases is the record that came from the socket.

Ah... I had the same impression as Mr. Reedy, that you were directly  
reading from a socket and processing right there, so you *had* to use  
strings for everything.

But if you already have a queue, you may put other objects there (instead  
of "canning" them). Testing the object type with isinstance(msg, str) is  
pretty fast, and if you bind locally those names I'd say the overhead is  

Gabriel Genellina

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