On Fri, Apr 20, 2001 at 11:02:09AM +0200, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
> > - There's an operation to create an iterator from a function and a
> > sentinel value. This is spelled as iter(function, sentinel). For
> > example,
> > for line in iter(sys.stdin.readline, ""):
> > ...
> > is an efficient loop over the lines of stdin.
> Hmm, I guess you have to compare each function output to the
> sentinel then, right ? This can be very expensive.
> Wouldn't an exception base class also do the trick as sentinel ? The
> iterator would then stop when an exception is raised by the
> function which matches the sentinel exception.
The sentinel method is for use with existing functions, that return a
sentinel value (like "" or None or whatever.) Comparing to those is not
terribly expensive, asside from the burden of running a single compare in
the inner loop. Rewriting those functions to raise an exception instead
would be, well, somewhat silly -- if you're rewriting them anyway, why not
just make an iterator out of them ?
Thomas Wouters <thomas@...
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