On 9/25/2023 10:15 AM, Jonathan Gossage via Python-list wrote:
I am having a problem using generator expressions to supply the arguments
for a class instance initialization. The following example shows the

class test1(object):
     def __init__(self, a, b):

         self.name = a

         self.value = b
st = 'Programming Renaissance, Any'.split(', ')
y = test1(a for a in st)
print(f'Object values are: {y._a}, {y._b}')

I would expect to get the values from the list generated by splitting the
string passed in as arguments to the new instance of test1, but instead
I get the generator expression by itself as a generator object. The
expression is treated like a passive object instead of being run. If I had
wanted to pass the generator expression itself, I would have expected to
to use parentheses around the generator expression. Any suggestions on how
get the generator expression to run?
If I change the definition of the input arguments to *args I can capture the
arguments within __init__ but it is verbose and ugly. Also, I could accept
arguments from a Sequence and extract the Sequence members into the class
values. I would prefer my solution if I could get it to work.
Note that I tried generator expressions both inside parentheses and not,
without success.

You should get an error at the y assignment. The argument of test1() is a generator, which would get assigned to the "a" argument, and there would be no "b" argument, which is an error.

In any event, even if this were to work as you want, it would only work for strings that contain one comma. And you ask for values like y._a, but y._a is never created, only y.a. If you did convert the generator to a list, and if you fix the underscored variable names, it still wouldn't work because the arguments don't expect a list.

Time to step back and figure out exactly what you actually want to do.


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