Faeralis Faeralis - 28 days ago 11
Python Question

What is the most pythonic way to open a file?

I'm trying to clean up my code a little bit, and I have trouble figuring which of these 2 ways is considered the most pythonic one

import os

dir = os.path.dirname(__file__)
str1 = 'filename.txt'
f = open(os.path.join(dir,str1),'r')


Although the second seems to be cleanest one, I find the declaration of fullPath a bit too much, since it will only be used once.

import os

dir = os.path.dirname(__file__)
str1 = 'filename.txt'
fullPath = os.path.join(dir,str1)
f = open(fullPath,'r')


In general, is it a better thing to avoid calling functions inside of another call, even if it adds a line of code ?

Answer
with open('file path', 'a') as f:
   data = f.read()
   #do something with data

or

f = open(os.path.join(dir,str1),'r')
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