On 09/11/2013 02:39 PM, Tim Delaney wrote:
I would think that retrieving the keys from the dict would return the transformed keys (I'd call them canonical keys).
The more I think about this the more I agree. A canonicaldict with a key function that simply stored the transformed key and it's value would seem to be a lot simpler:
- no need to store a separate "presentation" key - no confusion about which of the first key/last key seen is stored - no mistakes with the "first" key not being added before real data and getting the presentation key wrong
Further, in order to store the non-canonical keys a separate list must be kept of the keys to preseed the canonicaldict; if we store the canonical keys a separate list must be kept for presentation purposes -- so worst case scenario we're keeping the same amount of information and best-case scenario the presentation of the keys doesn't matter and we just saved ourselves an extra data structure.