On 27 July 2010 17:42, Alexander Belopolsky <alexander.belopolsky@gmail.com> wrote:
On Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 11:59 AM, Guido van Rossum <guido@python.org> wrote:
..
>> So it doesn't help that 'in' may return something else than a bool
>> because the method is called on the wrong object for your purposes.
>
> Well that pretty much kills the proposal. I can't believe nobody
> (including myself) figured this out earlier in the thread. :-(

It may kill a use case or two, but not the proposal.   In the
libraries like numpy where all python containers get replaced, this is
not an issue.   Also this problem invites __rcontains__ solution,


Wasn't the lack of an __rcontains__ a problem for the web-sig guys trying to work out the bytes / strings issue?

For what it's worth I think that guido is correct that a better solution for the expression -> query problem is to introduce an expression tree, as is done for LINQ (which has been enormously popular amongst .NET developers).

All the best,

Michael Foord

 
but
the proposal is not very attractive to begin with.   IMO, operators
that are not symbols  such as +, - or &, but words such as 'in', 'not'
or 'and' don't offer much advantage over function calls.
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