python equivalent to perl's qw()


I do this a lot in Perl:

printf "%8s %8s %8s\n", qw(date price ret);

However, the best I can come up with in Python is

print '%8s %8s %8s' % (tuple("date price ret".split()))

I'm just wondering if there is a more elegant way of doing it? I'm fine if you tell me that's it and no improvement can be made.

8/20/2010 8:37:14 PM

Accepted Answer

Well, there's definitely no way to do exactly what you can do in Perl, because Python will complain about undefined variable names and a syntax error (missing comma, perhaps). But I would write it like this (in Python 2.X):

print '%8s %8s %8s' % ('date', 'price', 'ret')

If you're really attached to Perl's syntax, I guess you could define a function qw like this:

def qw(s):
    return tuple(s.split())

and then you could write

print '%8s %8s %8s' % qw('date price ret')

which is basically Perl-like except for the one pair of quotes on the argument to qw. But I'd hesitate to recommend that. At least, don't do it only because you miss Perl - it only enables your denial that you're working in a new programming language now ;-) It's like the old story about Pascal programmers who switch to C and create macros

#define BEGIN {
#define END   }
8/20/2010 8:47:31 PM

"date price ret".split()

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