[FRPythoneers] Object instantiation (newbie question)

Ken Kinder kkinder at tridog.com
Wed Aug 1 19:23:55 MDT 2001

Yes, since you are accessing elements in a dictionary through a sequence
of numbers anyway, a list would make more sense.

Sean Reifschneider wrote:
> You don't want to make the objects "in the clear".  Remember, that even if
> you were to do this, you'd be effectively instantiating them in a
> dictionary anyway, because the symbols that are stored "in the clear" are
> stored as part of a name-space dictionary by the Python interpreter.
> Also, a dictionary may not be the best way to do it, but you certainly
> could go that way.  Using an integer key for a dictionary is a bit odd
> though.  Here are some alternatives:
>    for player in range(num_players):
>       name = get_name()
>       player_dict[name] = Hand(player_dict(name))
> or:
>    player_list = []
>    for player in range(num_players):
>       player_list.append(Hand(get_name()))
> Using a list is probably better for using integer-keyed items, because you
> can implement a turn as:
>    for player in player_list:
>       print 'Your turn,', player.name
> Sean
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