So, I always thought that it was possible to return dictionaries in Python. I was wanting to do this because I would prefer not to use globals. However, I am having trouble with returning my dictionary.

Code:

#!/usr/bin/python
# 6/9/09

def loadWords():
    pathstart = "/home/foo/Documents/PyScripts/Vocab/Lists/"
    print "What is the number of the list you would like to load?"
    listnum = raw_input("> ")
    fn = 'VocabList.'+str(listnum)+'.txt'
    fullpath = pathstart + fn
    wordfile=open(fullpath,"r")
    words = {}
    for i in wordfile:
	p=i.split(":")
	first = p[0]
	second = p[1]
	words[first] = second
    print "Print test one..."
    for x in words:
	print x
    return words
	
loadWords()
print "Done loading words."
print
print "Print test two..."
print
for x in words:
    print x,
print "Done printing words."

If it matters, this is what my "VocabList.0.txt" file looks like:

uno:one
dos:two
tres:three
cuatro:four
cinco:five

Also, the output of running my script is the following:

What is the number of the list you would like to load?
> 0
Print test one...
cuatro
dos
tres
cinco
uno
Done loading words.

Print test two...

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./VocabTest.Revamp.py", line 27, in <module>
for x in words:
NameError: name 'words' is not defined

So, what could I do to allow myself to print the "words" dictionary out of the function "loadWords"?

Thanks in advance.

loadWords()

This is your problem. While the function actually returns the dictionary, you're never actually "catching" with anything. You should be doing something like this:

my_results = loadWords()

Then the variable my_results will contain whatever object is passed back from the function loadWords()

Comments
Always helps and is very thorough.

Well, that was a great deal easier than I thought it would be. Thank you for catching my stupid mistake. And also, it seems like every time I post on this forum you always seem to be the one to solve my problems. Thank you again!

Well, that was a great deal easier than I thought it would be. Thank you for catching my stupid mistake. And also, it seems like every time I post on this forum you always seem to be the one to solve my problems. Thank you again!

Eh, that's just because I frequently take breaks from my work to let my mind relax... for some reason relaxing means trolling these forums :\

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