On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:28 AM, Guido van Rossum email@example.com wrote: ..
Well, the point of allowing more general __contains__ overloading is exactly to improve upon the query syntax -- you may call it syntactic sugar (often a derogatory term), but you currently cannot translate an 'in' operator into a parse tree like you can for '<' or '+'.
FWIW, I am +0 on a more general __contains__ and query or expression building are the areas where I could use it.
Since we are at it, can we have a decision on whether mp_length and sq_length will change their signatures to return PyObject* rather than Py_ssize_t. In other words, are we going to allow virtual sequences like py3k range to have length greater than sys.maxsize? There is an old open issue that turns on this decision:
Here I am -1 on making the change but +1 on the range patch in the issue.