[Python-Dev] dict() enhancement idea?
21 Nov 2002 17:35:15 +0100
Just van Rossum <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I sometimes use an idiom like
> def dictfromkeywords(**kwargs):
> return kwargs
> d = dictfromkeywords(
> akey = 12,
> anotherkey = "foo",
For me it's usually spelled a shorter way:
def DICT(**kw): return kw
d = DICT(akey=12, anotherkey="foo")
Looks nicer than the long name, IMO, and complements 'dict'.
> It just occured to me that the dict constructor could easily be overloaded with
> this behavior: it currently takes no keyword arguments[*], so the kwargs dict
> could simply be used to initialize the new dict.
Usually I do not create dictionaries by calling the constructor,
because I never can remember which arguments I have to use.
This change would make me change my mind again to use it again, so a +1.