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I’m trying to solve a problem, where I have many (on the order of ten thousand) URLs, and need to download the content from all of them. I’ve been doing this in a “for link in links:” loop up till now, but the amount of time it’s taking is now too long. I think it’s time to implement a multithreaded or multiprocessing approach. My question is, what is the best approach to take?
I know about the Global Interpreter Lock, but since my problem is network-bound, not CPU-bound, I don’t think that will be an issue. I need to pass data back from each thread/process to the main thread/process. I don’t need help implementing whatever approach (Multiple Threads in Python covers that), I need advice on which approach to take. My current approach:
data_list = get_data(...) output =  for datum in data: output.append(get_URL_data(datum)) return output
There’s no other shared state.
I think the best approach would be to have a queue with all the data in it, and have several worker threads pop from the input queue, get the URL data, then push onto an output queue.
Am I right? Is there anything I’m missing? This is my first time implementing multithreaded code in any language, and I know it’s generally a Hard Problem.
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