So I've cooked up some very simple functions to add to functools  to expand it into a more generalpurpose module. def cat(x): return x class nullfunc(object): def __call__(self, *args, **kargs): return self def __getattr__(self, name): return getattr(None, name) def multimap(func, seq, n=2): assert n > 0, "n must be positive" if n == 1: return map(func, seq) else: return map(lambda x: multimap(func, x, n1), seq) def multifilter(func, seq, n=2): return multimap(lambda x: filter(func, x), seq, n1) def multireduce(func, seq, n=2): return multimap(lambda x: reduce(func, x), seq, n1) In an expression, cat achieves the effect of doing nothing  which makes it a nice default value for some filterlike functions. It's not a huge improvement  lambda x: x is almost as trivial to define, but I think it would be nice to have a standard identity function that all of Python could recognize. nullfunc is a function that *chomps* away at its input while otherwise retaining the properties of None  much like the recently proposed callable None  except not as disasterous to existing practices and potentially more useful as an optional behavior. This is something that cannot be as quickly implemented as the cat function. multimap is a multidimensional mapping function that recursively decends a sequence and applies a function to the data within. multifilter is a multidimensional filter function that recursively descends a sequence and applies a function to the data within multireduce  well... you get the idea A better place to put some of these functions might be __builtin__, so you don't have to waste time importing something as basic as cat.  "What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do." ~ Bob Dylan
SevenInchBread <adamadamadamamiadam@gmail.com> wrote:
So I've cooked up some very simple functions to add to functools  to expand it into a more generalpurpose module. [snip]
I don't use a functional approach very often, but I haven't ever had a case where I would want or need to use any of the functions you provide. Does anyone else think that any or all of these would be useful?
A better place to put some of these functions might be __builtin__, so you don't have to waste time importing something as basic as cat.
We do not arbitrarily add functions to builtins. The general approach that most people have is to *reduce* the number of builtins, not increase them. Generally, .5 on the functions/objects you provide (I haven't used them, but I'm reserving a 1 or 0 for if people have other opinions). 1000 on adding them to the builtins.  Josiah
On 4/15/07, SevenInchBread <adamadamadamamiadam@gmail.com> wrote:
So I've cooked up some very simple functions to add to functools  to expand it into a more generalpurpose module.
def cat(x): return x
class nullfunc(object): def __call__(self, *args, **kargs): return self def __getattr__(self, name): return getattr(None, name)
def multimap(func, seq, n=2): assert n > 0, "n must be positive" if n == 1: return map(func, seq) else: return map(lambda x: multimap(func, x, n1), seq)
def multifilter(func, seq, n=2): return multimap(lambda x: filter(func, x), seq, n1)
def multireduce(func, seq, n=2): return multimap(lambda x: reduce(func, x), seq, n1)
0 for cat (renamed to 'identity'), 1 for the rest. I've occasionally wanted multimap but only in the default case where it is simpler to be explicit.  Paul Hankin
On 4/15/07, SevenInchBread <adamadamadamamiadam@gmail.com> wrote: [...]
 "What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do." ~ Bob Dylan
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