[Python-Dev] {}.getitem() (was Re: PEP-0218)

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Thu, 30 Nov 2000 08:52:07 -0500

> Just curious: how would you get at the deleted value when
> using .popfirstkey() ?
> But you have a point: dict.pop() returning the first filled slot
> in the dictionary as tuple (key,value) would probably be most
> effective. It's also nice and short.


> BTW, I don't get the inspiration for the "first" part in those
> names... it makes you think that there's an order to dictionary
> items when in reality there isn't.

Actually there is -- the (arbitrary) order revealed by .keys().

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)