[Python-Dev] Re: Sets: elt in dict, lst.include
Eric S. Raymond
Tue, 23 Jan 2001 15:38:39 -0500
Ka-Ping Yee <email@example.com>:
> The only change that needs to be made to support sets of immutable
> elements is to provide "in" on dictionaries. The rest is then all
> quite natural:
> dict[key] = 1
> if key in dict: ...
> for key in dict: ...
Independently of implementation issues about sets, I think this is a
damn fine idea. +1.
> (Then we can also get rid of the ugly has_key method.)
> For those that need mutable set elements badly enough to sacrifice
> a little speed, we can add two methods to lists:
> lst.include(elt) # same as - if elt not in lst: lst.append(elt)
> lst.exclude(elt) # same as - while elt in lst: lst.remove(elt)
+1 on the concept, -0 on the names.
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