[Python-Dev] Fwd: summing a bunch of numbers (or "whatevers")
Sun, 20 Apr 2003 10:01:12 +0200
On Sunday 20 April 2003 09:51 am, Prabhu Ramachandran wrote:
VERY good summary -- repeated here:
> 1. One obvious, fairly efficient, and easy way to sum sequences.
> 2. Google and experience suggest sum is used more often than
> product and other functions.
> 3. Easy on newbies?
> 4. Will hopefully prevent the N+1'th thread on how to sum lists on
> 1. __builtins__ is already fat. Will one more function make that
> much difference?
> 2. Will future requests be made for product and friends?
> 3. Why not simply speed up reduce/operator.add and train more people
> to use that?
I think Pro #2 answers Con #2, and dittos for #3's (in addition to some
implementation issues with speeding up reduce that way). But anyway,
yes, these _are_ the considerations made pro & con on this thread.
Anyway, whence now -- a PEP? (Seems a bit too small for that). Or, do
I just submit the patch (to where -- builtins?) and let Guido pronounce?