On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 1:47 PM, David Blaschke <dwblas@gmail.com> wrote:
This idea
elif x == funky_empty:
      result = 'no data'

Can be accomplished with
if not len(items):
      result = 'no data'
which means that part of the proposal can be scratched IMHO.

Not quite: len(items) requires iterating across the entire list which may not be necessary or desirable. Plus you may need an intermediate variable to store it. I think that's inferior.

--- Bruce