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From Jim Gallacher <...@jgassociates.ca>
Subject Re: Adding to FieldStorage
Date Mon, 10 Jul 2006 12:21:36 GMT
Mike Looijmans wrote:
>>>> * How are applications supposed to perform write operations on a
>>>> FieldStorage, in 3.3 and the future?
>>> Since we claim that FieldStorage behaves like a dictionary, the obvious
>>> syntax would be:
>>> form['mykey'] = 'value'
>>> This would require a __setitem__ method which should look something like
>>> this (with some extra code to handle lists):
>>>    def __setitem__(self, key, value):
>>>        if self.dictionary is None:
>>>        # Create self.dictionary as in __getitem__
>>>        self.dictionary[key] = StringField(value)
>> Trac also appends to the FieldStorage list attribute, which complicates
>> things a little further.
>> The '93' code also adds the add_field() method. Although this is not
>> documented, there is nothing to indicate that it is a private method
>> either. Calling add_field on a FieldStorage instance will not likely
>> give the results a user expects, so we need to give some attention to
>> that as well.
> I initially intended add_field as a callback routine, which was later on
> replaced with the callback. The method is not really neccesary, but
> quite convenient when subclassing. All the processing takes place in
> __init__ which makes it impossible to just replace the method at
> runtime, which I had in mind at first.
> I think we should support the dictionary syntax, e.g.
> form['key']='value'
> assert form['key'] == 'value'
> The dict syntax will replace all 'key' fields with the new value. The
> add_field method can be reworked to act as one would expect, e.g.:
> assert form['key'] == 'value'
> form.add_field('key', 'value2')
> assert form['key'] == ['value','value2']
> form.add_field('key', 'value1')
> assert form['key'] == ['value','value2','value1']
> Maybe we can come up with a better name than add_field (append?) as well.

It seems to me that FieldStorage is a kind of ordered dictionary

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