Why is there no natural syntax for accessing attributes with names not being valid identifiers?
p at google-groups-2013.dobrogost.net
Wed Dec 4 22:00:32 CET 2013
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2:23:24 PM UTC+1, Roy Smith wrote:
> In article <17gt99hg615jfm7bdid26185884d2pfdkf at 4ax.com>,
> Tim Roberts <> wrote:
> > Piotr Dobrogost <> wrote:
> > >Attribute access syntax being very concise is very often preferred
> > >to dict's interface.
> > It is not "very concise". It is slightly more concise.
> > x = obj.value1
> > x = dct['value1']
> > You have saved 3 keystrokes. That is not a significant enough savings to
> > create new syntax. Remember the Python philosophy that there ought to be
> > one way to do it.
> I'll trade typing [ ' ' ] for . any day. Easier to type, easier to
> read. It's not just the character count, it's that you need to move
> your fingers off the home row (or, at the very least, a big stretch with
> your pinkie) to reach the brackets. I suppose that depends on your
> particular keyboard layout and typing style/skill.
Very true. Just a remark it's actually trading getattr(o,'x') for o.'x' (saving of 11 keystrokes - don't forget shifts :)) as attribute is quite a different beast then key in a dictionary so comparing this to dict's interface is comparing apples to oranges.
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