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DTUtils (module)

This is a very simple utility module that currently just contains a couple of general-purpose helper functions. End users should not really have to interact with it, but we will document those functions here anyway just in case anyone wants to use them in their own code. This module may be expanded with additional small helper functions in the future.


listify( item_or_list )

(returns a list or NumPy array) Used as a convenience for use cases in which either a single object or a list can be supplied, but it's easier for the code in question just to be written to handle lists. If the argument passed into this function is already a Python list or NumPy array, it just returns that same argument without any changes. If the argument passed into this function is any other kind of singleton object, it returns a one-item Python list with that object in it.

dt_input( msg )

(returns a string) This is just providing a Python-version-independent way to request text input from the user on the command line, since Python3 uses input() and Python2 uses raw_input(), and as far as we know there is no easy way to achieve this task in a single line without writing version-specific code. The msg argument should be a string prompt to be displayed when input is requested.