Variable definition

John Posner jjposner at
Mon Mar 1 20:34:53 CET 2010

On 3/1/2010 1:07 PM, Raphael Mayoraz wrote:
> John Posner wrote:
>> On 2/26/2010 6:32 PM, Raphael Mayoraz wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I'd like to define variables with some specific name that has a common
>>> prefix.
>>> Something like this:
>>> varDic = {'red': 'a', 'green': 'b', 'blue': 'c'}
>>> for key, value in varDic.iteritems():
>>> 'myPrefix' + key = value
>> No trick, just swap a new key-value pair for each existing pair:
>> for key, value in varDic.iteritems():
>> varDic[myPrefix + key] = value
>> del varDict[key]
>> Just make sure that *myPrefix* isn't an empty string!
>> -John
> Thanks for your answer.
> However, your solution changes the key name in the dictionary.
> That's not what I want I need to do. What I want is to define a new
> variable which name is define as a string: 'myPrefx' + key. In the example
> I give, I would get 3 variables:
> myPrefixred = a
> myPrefixgreen = b
> myPrefixblue = c

Yes, I misinterpreted your request. I believe there's a consensus around 
here that you shouldn't even try to accomplish your goal. Instead of 
creating *myPrefixred* as a (module-)global name or a (function-)local 
name, you should just use the dictionary as-is: *varDict['red']*. Or 
maybe make the names into attributes of a class, as Alex Goretoy 
suggested. [1]

Can you present a convincing argument as to why you really, really need 
to use the name *myPrefixred* ?



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