[Python-Dev] heapq method names
24 Aug 2002 18:00:40 -0400
In the `heapq' module, I'm a little bothered by the fact modules names have
`heap' as a prefix in their name. If the methods have been installed as
standard list methods, it would be quite understandable, but it has been
The most usual way of using a module is:
from MODULE import METHOD
and we should name METHODs accordingly, not repeating the MODULE as prefix.
This is a rather common usage, almost everywhere in the Python library.
So my suggestion of changing now, before `heapq' gets released for real:
heappush -> push
heappop -> pop
heapreplace -> replace
I guess that `heapify' is OK as it stands.
The example should be changed accordingly, that is, using `import heapq'
instead of `from heapq import such-and-such', using `heapq.push' instead of
`heappush' and `heapq.pop' instead of `heappop'.
François Pinard http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~pinard