Wanted: Criticism of code for a Python module, plus a Mac tester

Ian Kelly ian.g.kelly at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 06:03:44 CET 2012

On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM, HoneyMonster <someone at someplace.invalid> wrote:
> As to your first suggestion though, I am having some difficulty. Note
> that the vulnerability rotates; i.e. CONDITIONS[4] is not the same as
> Is there a better way of doing it than a simple list.append()?

Ah, it's more complicated than I realized.  I believe this generates
the correct result, although adding None to the dealers list is
somewhat unsatisfactory:

DEALERS = ["Dealer North", "Dealer East", "Dealer South", "Dealer West", None]
   "Neither vulnerable", "North-South vulnerable",
   "East-West vulnerable", "Both vulnerable",
CONDITIONS = [(d, v) for (d, v) in zip(DEALERS * 4, VULNERABILITIES * 5) if d]

I might be tempted to write a custom iterator for it, something like this:

def rotating(iterable):
    cache = collections.deque()
    for value in iterable:
        yield value
    while True:
        for value in cache:
            yield value

# Using the original 4-length DEALERS list
CONDITIONS = list(itertools.islice(itertools.izip(itertools.cycle(DEALERS),
                                rotating(VULNERABILITIES)), 16))

But I don't know that it's really worth the added complexity.


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