[Python-Dev] Re: Sets: elt in dict, lst.include

Moshe Zadka moshez@zadka.site.co.il
Wed, 31 Jan 2001 08:30:07 +0200 (IST)

On Tue, 30 Jan 2001 19:49:24 -0500, Guido van Rossum <guido@digicool.com> wrote:

> There are different ways to do interators.
> Here is a very "tame" proposal (and definitely in the realm of 2.2),
> that doesn't require any coroutine-like tricks.  Let's propose that
>     for var in expr:
> 	...do something with var...
> will henceforth be translated into
>     __iter = iterator(expr)
>     while __iter.more():
>         var = __iter.next()
>         ...do something with var...

I'm +1 on that...but Tim's "try to use that to write something that
will return the nodes of a binary tree" still haunts me.

Personally, though, I'd thin down the interface to

while 1:
		var = __iter.next()
	except NoMoreError:
		break # pseudo-break?

With the usual caveat that this is a lie as far as "else" is concerned
(IOW, pseudo-break gets into the else)

> Then a new built-in function iterator() is needed that creates an
> iterator object.  It should try two things:
> (1) If the object implements __iterator__() (or a C API equivalent),
>     call that and be done; this way arbitrary iterators can be
>     created.
> (2) If the object smells like a sequence (how to test???), use an
>     iterator sort of like this:

Why not, "if the object doesn't have __iterator__, try this. If it 
won't work, we'll find out by the exception that will be thrown in
our face".

class Iterator:

	def __init__(self, seq):
		self.seq = seq
		self.index = 0

	def next(self):
				return self.seq[self.index] # <- smells like
			except IndexError:
				raise NoMoreError(self.index)
			self.index += 1

>     (I don't necessarily mean that all those instance variables should
>     be publicly available.)

But what about your poor brother? <wink> Er....I mean, this would make
implementing "indexing" really about just getting the index from the

> If the argument to iterator() is itself an iterator (how to test???),

No idea, and this looks problematic. I see your point -- but it's
still problematic.

Moshe Zadka <sig@zadka.site.co.il>
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