Getting a map() to return a list in Python 3.x Getting a map() to return a list in Python 3.x python python

Getting a map() to return a list in Python 3.x

Do this:


In Python 3+, many processes that iterate over iterables return iterators themselves. In most cases, this ends up saving memory, and should make things go faster.

If all you're going to do is iterate over this list eventually, there's no need to even convert it to a list, because you can still iterate over the map object like so:

# Prints "ABCD"for ch in map(chr,[65,66,67,68]):    print(ch)

New and neat in Python 3.5:

[*map(chr, [66, 53, 0, 94])]

Thanks to Additional Unpacking Generalizations


Always seeking for shorter ways, I discovered this one also works:

*map(chr, [66, 53, 0, 94]),

Unpacking works in tuples too. Note the comma at the end. This makes it a tuple of 1 element. That is, it's equivalent to (*map(chr, [66, 53, 0, 94]),)

It's shorter by only one char from the version with the list-brackets, but, in my opinion, better to write, because you start right ahead with the asterisk - the expansion syntax, so I feel it's softer on the mind. :)

Why aren't you doing this:

[chr(x) for x in [66,53,0,94]]

It's called a list comprehension. You can find plenty of information on Google, but here's the link to the Python (2.6) documentation on list comprehensions. You might be more interested in the Python 3 documenation, though.