[Tutor] managing memory large dictionaries in python

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Sun Oct 21 11:24:56 CEST 2012

On 17/10/12 13:22, Alexander wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 20:43 EST, Mark Lawrence
> <breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk>  wrote:
>> For the record Access is not a database, or so some geezer called Alex
>> Martelli reckons http://code.activestate.com/lists/python-list/48130/, so
>> please don't shoot the messenger:)
>> Cheers.
>> Mark Lawrence.
> Mark I don't believe your response is relevant or helpful to the
> original post so please don't hijack.

It's only not relevant because you cut out the context. The reply was
relevant. Somebody made a statement implying that Access is a database,
and Mark corrected them. I think it's dirty pool to take a comment out
of context and then complain its not relevant.

Now if you want to criticize Mark for being pedantic, that's another
story. Me personally, I always welcome the opportunity to learn
something I didn't know before, so I'd like to take this opportunity
to thank Mark for mentioning the interesting fact that Access is not,
in actuality, a database, but merely the front end which can talk to
many different databases, including the default JET database.

Not only is this pedantically true, and interesting, and useful, but
it is also relevant to Python and the question being asked, since you
can use Python to talk to a JET database without Access, or Access to
talk to a non-JET database created by Python.

It's nice to have options. It's better to know things than not to.
Thanks Mark!


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