Anyhow, I found myself needing a way to find the stuff (not just difference) between two dictionaries and a quick google led me to deepdiff by Sep Dehpour. It was good but found it a tad overkill for what I was doing. So another round of google and stackoverflow allowed me to cobble together this:
class SimpleDictDiffer(object): """ Calculate the difference between two dictionaries as: (1) items added (2) items removed (3) keys same in both but changed values (4) keys same in both and unchanged values """ def __init__(self, first_dict, second_dict): self.current_dict, self.past_dict = first_dict, second_dict self.set_current, self.set_past = set(first_dict.keys()), set(second_dict.keys()) self.intersect = self.set_current.intersection(self.set_past) def added(self): return self.set_current - self.intersect def removed(self): return self.set_past - self.intersect def changed(self): return set(o for o in self.intersect if self.past_dict[o] != self.current_dict[o]) def unchanged(self): return set(o for o in self.intersect if self.past_dict[o] == self.current_dict[o])
A github gist for this is also available.