Python checking for None/Null values

Discussion in 'Python' started by Fuzzydave, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. Fuzzydave

    Fuzzydave Guest

    Okay, I have been handed a python project and working through it I have

    had to add a report. I am returning 10 variables the results of an SQL
    and as usual the number of results vary from 1 result to 10 results so
    implemented a check to see if the array item was empty or not. The code

    is below based upon the code already in the python project i was

    if history8!=None:


    if historyRep[8]!=None:

    but regardless i am getting the error below and i can't seen to resolve
    this, what am i
    doing wrong?

    Traceback (most recent call last): File
    "/home/phillipsd/work/medusa-new/htdocs/pricingrep.cgi", line 326, in ?
    if historyRep[8]==None: IndexError: list index out of range

    David P
    Fuzzydave, Aug 11, 2006
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  2. `historyRep` seems to be shorter than you think it is. Try printing it
    too see what it actually contains.

    Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch
    Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch, Aug 11, 2006
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  3. Fuzzydave enlightened us with:
    Check with "if history8 is not None". Won't help your problem, but it
    is a bit more pythonic code ;-)

    Sybren Stuvel, Aug 11, 2006
  4. Fuzzydave

    Fuzzydave Guest

    `historyRep` seems to be shorter than you think it is. Try printing it
    HistoryRep is an array value so historyRep[0] to [7] all have values
    in them but historyRep[8] and [9] do not as the query does not always
    return a full 10 values. I am trying to check all of the historyRep
    to check if they are empty/null/None (whatever the term is in python)
    and make it return an empty value or a none to the screen. I did print
    historyRep[8] out and it falls over, I am assuming if its an array and
    if the SQL query only returns 8 records instead of 10 then the last
    two array values i am checking for litterly don't exist instead of
    null but i can't find a if exists style function either?

    David P
    Fuzzydave, Aug 11, 2006
  5. Fuzzydave

    Fuzzydave Guest

    Check with "if history8 is not None". Won't help your problem, but it
    Actually i tried that as well when i was fooling around, atm i am less
    with pythonic code and making it work in the first place. The entire
    program to
    be fair is a bit messy but i do agree on the basis that the easier the
    code is to
    read the easier it is to work with.

    David P
    Fuzzydave, Aug 11, 2006
  6. Fuzzydave:
    An item can't be empty in Python,and null doesn't exist, it can be the
    object None. But probly that's not your case.

    A way to solve your problem is to see how many elements the list
    contains with
    then act accordingly with the elements that exist.
    Even better is to work on the elements that exist, with something like:
    for element in sequence:

    Note: sometimes having a clean and readable program is better than
    having a running program that you can't read, because you can fix the
    the first one, and it can teach you something.

    bearophileHUGS, Aug 11, 2006
  7. Fuzzydave

    Fuzzydave Guest

    Note: sometimes having a clean and readable program is better than
    Thanks for your help and suggestions i'll give them a shot.

    Unfortunatly when working with 6 years of other peoples legacy code
    (esspecially *this* code) it sometimes looks like it was specifiyed in
    project spec *not* to be readable :)

    But I will endevour to change that while working with it myself ;)

    David P
    Fuzzydave, Aug 11, 2006
  8. Fuzzydave

    Peter Otten Guest

    In Python list items do not magically spring into existence if you ask for
    them. Therefore items[index] raises an IndexError if index is >=
    len(items). A possible resolution is to check the length of historyRep

    if len(historyRep) > 8 and historyRep[8] is not None:
    history8 = cmi.format_history(historyRep[8])
    history8 = ""

    Note that names like history8 are a strong indication that you should use a
    list rather than individual variables, e. g:

    history = []
    for item in historyRep:
    if item is None:
    s = ""
    s = cmi.format_history(item)

    or maybe even

    history = [cmi.format_history(item) for item in historyRep]

    if historyRep doesn't contain any None values.

    Peter Otten, Aug 11, 2006
  9. Fuzzydave

    John Machin Guest

    Just paste this in immediately after getting the result back from the
    query; it's not necessarily the fastest way but it's effin' obvious
    what it's doing :)

    while len(historyRep) < 10:

    John Machin, Aug 11, 2006
  10. Fuzzydave

    Fuzzydave Guest

    cheers after your post went of to try it and it worked first time
    for being helpful and plesant :)

    Fuzzydave, Aug 11, 2006
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