Create list/dict from string

Gerald Britton gerald.britton at
Tue Jan 19 18:27:13 CET 2010

Can't you just use the dict() built-in function like this:

dict({"action_name": "action_1", "val": "asdf"})

Of course if the list is not properly formed, this will fail.  But I
guess you have thought of that already.

On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:33 AM, SoxFan44 <gregchagnon at> wrote:
> I was wondering if there was a way to create a list (which in this
> case would contain several dicts) based on a string passed in by the
> user.  Security is not an issue.  Basically I want to be able to have
> the user pass in using optparse:
> --actions=[{"action_name": "action_1", "val": "asdf", "val2":
> "asdf"},
>               {"action_name": "action_2", "val": "asdf", "val2":
> "asdf"},
>               {"action_name": "action_1", "val": "asdf", "val2":
> "asdf"}]
> And have this create a list/dict.  I'm aware of pickle, but it won't
> work as far as I can tell.
> Thanks.
> --

Gerald Britton

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