ANNOUNCE: Thesaurus - a recursive dictionary subclass using attributes
ian.g.kelly at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 22:53:12 CET 2012
On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM, Dave Cinege <dave at linkscape.net> wrote:
> On Tuesday 11 December 2012 01:41:38 Ian Kelly wrote:
>> Second, in __getitem__ you start a loop with "for i in
>> range(len(l)):", and then you use i as an index into l several times.
>> It would be cleaner and more Pythonic to do "for i, part in
>> enumerate(l):", and then you can replace every occurrence of "l[i]"
> My python is still 'old school' due to being stuck on old versions for in
> production embedded system python applications.
Just out of curiosity, how old are we talking? enumerate was added in
Python 2.3, which is nearly 10 years old. Prior to 2.2 I don't think
it was even possible to subclass dict, which would make your Thesaurus
implementation unusable, so are these systems running Python 2.2?
>> It's not clear to me what the isinstance call here is meant to be
>> testing for.
> It's used to determine if it's the root instance of the recursive string
> because self.data, not self must be used to access that. Can you offer a better
>> The prior statements require key to be a string. If key
>> is a string, then by construction l is also a string. So it seems
>> to me that the isinstance check here will always be False.
> OK, try and remove it and then get back to me. :-)
Okay. I replaced this code:
if isinstance(l, (dict, Thesaurus)):
a = self.data
a = self
a = self
and then I ran the examples, and the output was unchanged. As Steven
pointed out, I don't see how that first branch could succeed anyway,
since self.data is never defined.
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