A short word on StringIO
StringIO library has a nifty purpose. It provides you with a buffer in memory that allows you to read and write strings without saving a file to disk.
import StringIO output = StringIO.StringIO() output.write('This is a string!\n') output.write('This is a second line string!')
Okay, so we've got ourselves a string buffer with some strings. Now what can we do?
Wait... that didn't really do anything. Ah yes! Because it's a file-like object, we have to return to the beginning of the object to read it again.
output.seek(0) print output.read()
Anything you can do with a file, you can do with this string buffer. It's quite useful for capturing output or dealing with test cases like these. And in the event that you need a much faster cousin,
StringIO comes with a
cStringIO just like our
pickle module came with its
cPickle. We'll see this again in future test applications.