dbf.py API question

Ethan Furman ethan at stoneleaf.us
Sun Aug 5 16:09:38 CEST 2012

Ole Martin Bjørndalen wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM, Ethan Furman <ethan at stoneleaf.us> wrote:
>> SQLite has a neat feature where if you give it a the file-name of ':memory:'
>> the resulting table is in memory and not on disk.  I thought it was a cool
>> feature, but expanded it slightly: any name surrounded by colons results in
>> an in-memory table.
>> I'm looking at the same type of situation with indices, but now I'm
>> wondering if the :name: method is not pythonic and I should use a flag
>> (in_memory=True) when memory storage instead of disk storage is desired.
>> Thoughts?
> I agree that the flag would be more pythonic in dbf.py.
> I was not aware that you are adding sqlite functionality to your
> library. This is very cool!

Actually, I'm not.  I had stumbled across that one tidbit and thought it 
was cool, but cool is not always pythonic.  ;)

> I am considering adding a "streaming=True" flag which would make the
> table class a record generator,

You can do this by implementing either __getitem__ or __iter__, unless 
the streaming flag would also make your table not in memory.

> I hope this can help you somehow in your decision making process.

All comments appreciated.  Thanks!


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