# shortened code

The module i wrote for decoding the sensor data stream bugged me it was too repetitive with multiple if statements ie;

    if "ABT" in llapMsg:
# front room temp
try:
aABTEMP = float(llapMsg[7:12])
print("AB temp level = %.2f - detected at %s " %
(aABTEMP, time.strftime("%H:%M:%S")))
except:
print(
"Cannot decode - msg detected: %s - detected at %s " %
(llapMsg, time.strftime("%H:%M:%S")))
if "ACT" in llapMsg:
# external temp
try:
aACTEMP = float(llapMsg[7:12])
print("AC temp level = %.2f - detected at %s " %
(aACTEMP, time.strftime("%H:%M:%S")))
except:
print(
"Cannot decode - msg detected: %s - detected at %s " %
(llapMsg, time.strftime("%H:%M:%S")))
# kitchen temp
try:
print("AD temp level = %.2f - detected at %s " %


and so on…

So over the last few days i decided to try again and it looks reasonable in tests i just need to try it out in the main program. Instead of multiple if statements i now use a simple dictionary and pythons text handling to go from a module with 140 lines to one with 8 without additional comments.

A dictionary is a collection of many values a bit like a list however it can hold different data types. So you have an index and the value although in python terms the index is a key and combined you have a key-value-pair.

I find it's often useful to view several explanations of a subject so for dictionaries not only visit the link above but try here; Guru99 this one gives a few more examples such comparing dictionaries, sorting and the examples are in both python 2 & 3.

sensor_dictionary = {'msg': "this is the value", 'key1': 2}


So you can see from the simple example above we have two pairs;

key value
msg this is the value
key1 2

Using this concept i no longer needed to maintain a list eg sensor[0] which unless i have a look up table makes the code harder to read each time i go back to it as i have to try and remember which sensor is 1,2,3 etc but with the dictionary i can simply use the key as the identifier and when a new value comes along update the correct key.

def decdict(incoming):
# sample: aAETMPA12.45
if incoming.get('msg') != '':
# get sensor id from llapmsg
id = incoming.get("msg")
id = id[1:3]
# get value from llapmsg
val = incoming.get("msg")
val = val[7:12]
# assign value to correct sensor in dictionary
incoming[id] = val

return(incoming)


Thats it, 8 lines of code replace multiple if statements and handle the temperature decode, now i need to deal with the battery messages and also correct an annoying new problem - the canvas gauges display the correct value in numeric terms but the angular needle can be wildly out ie value is 10 needle shows 2?? go figure?? I've not changed anything in the display code.