Namedtuples: some unexpected inconveniences

Roel Schroeven roel at
Thu Apr 13 20:25:46 EDT 2017

Gregory Ewing schreef op 13/04/2017 9:34:
> Deborah Swanson wrote:
>> Peter Otten wrote, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:45 PM
>>> Personally I would immediately discard the header row once and for
>>> all, not again and again on every operation.
>> Well, perhaps, but I need the header row to stay in place to write the
>> list to a csv when I'm done
> That's no problem, just write the header row separately.
> Do this at the beginning:
>    header = [Record._make(fieldnames)]
>    records = [Record._make(row) for row in rows]
> and then to write out the file:
>    writer = csv.writer(outputfile)
>    writer.writerow(header)
>    writer.writerows(records)

I don't even think there's any need to store the field names anywhere 
else than in fieldnames. So unless I'm missing something, just do this 
at the beginning:

     fieldnames = next(rows)
     Record = namedtuple("Record", fieldnames)
     records = [Record._make(row) for row in rows]

and this at the end:

     writer = csv.writer(outputfile)
     writer.writerow(fieldnames) # or writer.writerow(Record._fields)

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Roel Schroeven

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