On Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:08:25 -0500, Skip Montanaro email@example.com wrote:
Seriously, I'm curious: what needs to mature, according to you?
In my mind, its availability on PyPI along with demonstrated use in the wild (plus corresponding votes to demonstrate that people use/like it) would help. That you can find several implementations at this doesn't mean it's necessarily worth adding to the std lib. Once in, it is very difficult to evict something that is later deemed not to have belonged in the std lib, so I think some extra scrutiny is worthwhile.
The problem is that it is hard to get traction on pypi for a "small" feature like this. Most people will just implement a special purpose version that solves their specific need (possibly in a somewhat broken fashion) rather than add yet another dependency. Our approach in cases like this has (I think) been to learn from the existing implementations and build our own based on that (isn't that what happened with OrderedDict?)
Is there some obvious advantage to having a single API for this available to all Python applications? Are the semantics well-defined (do all the implementations you cited offer basically the same semantics)? The discussion so far here suggest that the best semantics might not be completely settled.
I think the only question was what happens to the key on assignment, and that has been settled. Well, I guess there's also a question of how you create one, but that's not a question a pypi version would be any help in resolving: we'd still bikeshed it upon addition to the stdlib. In fact, I would not be surprised if *all* of the bikeshedding we are doing now (except this bit :) would take place if an existing pypi module for this were proposed for addition.
I think the bigger question is composition of different dict types, and that is again something that isn't going to be solved by a pypi module.
(I still don't care for the name. "Transform" != "case folding" in my mind. A quick scan of your links suggests most people think something like "cidict" or "CaseInsensitiveDict" would be more descriptive.)
Except it is wider than that: the transform function can be anything, not just case folding.
I suggested surjectiondict or ontodict, but Antoine didn't like those :) (I had to look up the terms...it's been a long time since I studied math.)