Separating rows by form_id


I’m new to sqlalchemy and flask for that matter but I’m using them for a personal project and i need some help.

I have a column called form_id:

class Entries(db.Model):
    form_id = db.Column(db.String(12), index=True)
    text = db.Column(db.String(1000), nullable=True, unique=False)

and I’m generating that form id randomly every time the page is refreshed:

form_id = generate_formid(12)

which gives me a 12 character long alphanumeric string.

What i want to do is grab all entries for current_user but separate them by form_id into lists without knowing what the form_id is.

So for example (not real code):

for form_id in query:
    get all rows and add them to a list


So i need to filter_by owner_id and somehow pull out data for every different form_id into its own list.

What would be the best way of doing this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


You could use the itertools.groupby function to do this.

import itertools

# Order the query by form_id, because groupby expects a sorted iterable. 
ents = Entries.query.filter_by(owner_id=current_user.username).order_by(Entries.form_id)

# Tell groupby that we want to group by form_id, using the key parameter
gb = itertools.groupby(ents, key=lambda ent: ent.form_id)

# Create the list of lists
grouped = [list(group) for _, group in gb]

Answered By – snakecharmerb

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