How NOT to pickle your Python code
I went NUTS trying to figure out why I couldn't unpickle a custom class.
I learned more about modules and packages and classes and dot references in Python than I needed.
And what did the problem boil down to?
That's right. One. Stinking. Character.
FYI, here's what you need to know about pickling in Python (and by "you", I mean "me").
- When using binary mode, open both input and output files using 'b'. For example, file(thefilepath, 'wb'), and file(thefilepath, 'rb'). Yes, that was my single character.
- Use cPickle where possible. The speed increase is enormous.
- Search the Python site using the keywords of any errors. I found a clue to my issue within moments of searching on "pickle ValueError". Very handy, even if they do use an evil search engine.
Learn from my mistakes. Don't repeat them.