generating unique variable name via loops

Tim Chase python.list at
Tue Nov 4 16:05:30 CET 2014

On 2014-11-04 05:53, Fatih Güven wrote:
> > > for x in range(1,10):
> > >     exec("list%d = []" % x)
> > 
> > Why would you do this?
> I have a structured and repetitive data. I want to read a .txt file
> line by line and classified it to call easily. For example
> employee1 has a name, a salary, shift, age etc. and employee2 and
> other 101 employee have all of it. 
> Call or employee2.salary and assign it to a new
> variable, something etc. -- 

This sounds remarkably like a CSV or tab-delimited file.  If so, the
way to do it would be

  import csv
  with open("data.txt", "rb") as f:
    dr = csv.DictReader(f)
    for row in dr:
      do_something(row["Name"], row["salary"])

If the file format is more complex, it's often useful to create a
generator to simplify the logic:

  class Person:
    def __init__(self,
        ): = name
      self.salary = salary
      self.shift = shift
    def various_person_methods(self, ...):

  def people_from_file(f):
    "build Person objects as you iterate over the file"
    for row in file:
      person = Person( ... )
      yield person

  with open("data.txt", "r"):
    for person in people_from_file(f):

You can then reuse that generator with multiple files if you need.


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