TypeError: sequence item 0: expected string, int found


Question

I am attempting to insert data from a dictionary into a database. I want to iterate over the values and format them accordingly, depending on the data type. Here is a snippet of the code I am using:

def _db_inserts(dbinfo):
    try:
        rows = dbinfo['datarows']

        for row in rows:
            field_names = ",".join(["'{0}'".format(x) for x in row.keys()])
            value_list = row.values()

            for pos, value in enumerate(value_list):
                if isinstance(value, str):
                    value_list[pos] = "'{0}'".format(value)
                elif isinstance(value, datetime):
                    value_list[pos] = "'{0}'".format(value.strftime('%Y-%m-%d'))

            values = ",".join(value_list)

            sql = "INSERT INTO table_foobar ({0}) VALUES ({1})".format(field_names, values)

    except Exception as e:
        print 'BARFED with msg:',e

When I run the algo using some sample data (see below), I get the error:

TypeError: sequence item 0: expected string, int found

An example of a value_list data which gives the above error is:

value_list = [377, -99999, -99999, 'f', -99999, -99999, -99999, 1108.0999999999999, 0, 'f', -99999, 0, 'f', -99999, 'f', -99999, 1108.0999999999999, -99999, 'f', -99999, 'f', -99999, 'f', 'f', 0, 1108.0999999999999, -99999, -99999, 'f', 'f', 'f', -99999, 'f', '1984-04-02', -99999, 'f', -99999, 'f', 1108.0999999999999] 

What am I doing wrong?

1
153
6/4/2012 11:53:35 AM

Accepted Answer

string.join connects elements inside list of strings, not ints.

Use this generator expression instead :

values = ','.join(str(v) for v in value_list)
322
6/4/2012 12:00:03 PM

Although the given list comprehension / generator expression answers are ok, I find this easier to read and understand:

values = ','.join(map(str, value_list))

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