How to make an empty generator?
mwilson at the-wire.com
Fri Feb 19 02:28:49 CET 2010
Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:30:54 -0600, Robert Kern wrote:
>> > If all you want is a generator that doesn't yield anything, then
>> > surely there isn't any one-time processing and you don't need the
>> > comment?
>> Sure there is. Python doesn't know that nothing gets yielded until it
>> hits the return statement before the yield. When it calls .next() on the
>> iterator, the code elided by the comment executes, then the return is
>> hit, a StopIteration exception is raised, and the iteration is complete.
> I don't understand why you care about having *any* code before the
> StopIteration. That's like:
> def empty():
> for x in range(1000):
> pass # Spin wheels uselessly
> What's the point of the wheel spinning? Did I miss something?
I wonder whether it's for some kind of framework with a main loop like
for it in list_of_iterables:
for x in it:
where, every once in a while one wants to throw some arbitrary code into the
process, in the form of an empty iterable with side effects.
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