[Tutor] problem with dictionaries

Kent Johnson kent_johnson at skillsoft.com
Mon Aug 23 22:26:12 CEST 2004

You just have to get the dictionary and assign the new key:
 >>> p1=d['position1']
 >>> p1
{'A1': 'N1', 'Ax': 'Nx', 'A3': 'N3', 'A2': 'N2'}

p1 and d['position1'] both refer to the same dictionary, so adding to p1 
also changes d:
 >>> p1['Ay'] = 'Ny'
 >>> p1
{'A1': 'N1', 'Ax': 'Nx', 'A3': 'N3', 'A2': 'N2', 'Ay': 'Ny'}
 >>> d
{'position2': {'Bx': 'Mx', 'B1': 'M1', 'B2': 'M2'}, 'position1': {'A1': 
'N1', 'Ax': 'Nx', 'A3': 'N3', 'A2': 'N2', 'Ay': 'Ny'}}

You can do it all in one line:
 >>> d['position1']['Az'] = 'Nz'
 >>> d
{'position2': {'Bx': 'Mx', 'B1': 'M1', 'B2': 'M2'}, 'position1': {'A1': 
'N1', 'A3': 'N3', 'A2': 'N2', 'Ay': 'Ny', 'Ax': 'Nx', 'Az': 'Nz'}}

If you're not sure if the dictionary is there yet use setdefault on d, this 
will make a new entry if needed (instead of throwing a KeyError):
 >>> d.setdefault('position3', {})['C1'] = 'P1'
 >>> d
{'position2': {'Bx': 'Mx', 'B1': 'M1', 'B2': 'M2'}, 'position3': {'C1': 
'P1'}, 'position1': {'A1': 'N1', 'A3': 'N3', 'A2': 'N2', 'Ay': 'Ny', 'Ax': 'Nx
', 'Az': 'Nz'}}


At 01:08 PM 8/23/2004 -0700, Christian Meesters wrote:
>Thanks again for the last time I asked for help. I solved the problem
>combining the input of Alan and Kent. Your help was really valuable!
>But now I have a more basic problem:
>Imagine your want to nest dictionaries like this:
>How do you add an Ay:Ny pair at position1 without overriding the
>already present dictionary there? (I vaguely remember this, but cannot
>find it anywhere in the documentations. Pointing me on an example is
>probably sufficient ;-) .)
>Thanks a lot,
>Tutor maillist  -  Tutor at python.org

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