[Tutor] deriving class from file to handle input line numbers?

Duncan Gibson duncan at thermal.esa.int
Tue Aug 16 14:18:22 CEST 2005

Kent Johnson wrote:
> If you just want to keep track of line numbers as you read the file by lines, you could use enumerate():
> f = open('myfile.txt')
> for line_number, line in enumerate(f):
>   ...

This is neat, but not all of the parsers work on a 'line by line' basis,
so sometimes there are additional calls to f.readline() or equivalent
in other places in the code based on what has just been read.

> What problem did you have when deriving from file?

To be perfectly honest, I didn't try it because even if I had declared

    class MyFile(file):

I couldn't see how to have an instance of MyFile returned from the
built-in 'open' function. I thought this was the crux of the problem.

So what I have done is provide a different interface completely,

    class MyFile(object):

I could extend this to take the file name in the constructor, and
add a MyFile.open() method, but then I can no longer substitute
any MyFile instances in places that expect 'file' instances.

Now that I've started to explain all of this to someone else, I'm
starting to wonder whether it really matters. Do I really need it
to be substitutable for 'file' after all ?

I need to sit in a darkened room and think for a while...


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