scalar vs array and program control

Laura Creighton lac at openend.se
Sat Jul 25 14:44:43 CEST 2015


And because I was rushed and posted without revision I left out something
important.

>So this is, quite likely, the pattern that you are looking for:
>
>try:
>	all_your_code_which_is_happy_with_non_scalars
>except WhateverErrorPythonGivesYouWhenYouTryThisWithScalars:
>       whatever_you_want_to_do_when_this_happens
>
>This is the usual way to do things.

I forgot to tell you that you are supposed to stick the try/except
around the smallest chunk of code that you expect to get the exception.

So you write this as

code_you_expect_always_to_work
more_code_you_expect_always_to_work

try:
	these_four_lines_of_code_that_will_be_unhappy_if_its_a_scalar
except ValueError:	# whatever kind of error the real error is
       whatever_you_want_to_do_when_that_happens

The reason is that if you get any Value Errors in the part of the
code you always expect to work, then you don't want your program
to run happily along running the code for 'its a scalar'.  You don't
want to hide real errors here.

The other thing I forgot to mention is that sometimes you don't want to
do anything but ignore any errors of this sort.

Thats written like this:

code_you_expect_always_to_work
more_code_you_expect_always_to_work

try:
	these_four_lines_of_code_that_will_be_unhappy_if_its_a_scalar
except ValueError:
       pass	    # just ignore it

Laura


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