What is the purpose of "struct" and "array" modules

Scott David Daniels Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org
Thu May 28 23:51:22 CEST 2009


Igor Katson wrote:
> I pretty much understand what they do, but what's the case of using 
> these modules by example? Is it something like pickle, to store the data 
> efficiently in files?

Mostly it is for access to specific binary data structures.
If you know a particular file format, you can read it with
a combination of struct and array, ans similarly can write
in that format by such use.  So like pickle in a way, but
pickle is talking Python-to-Python, while things built with
these will be more likely Python-to-wire or wire-to-Python
when talking over a TCP/IP connection, or Python-to-file
and file-to-Python, where the other user of the file may be
a completely different program.

--Scott David Daniels
Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org



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