[Python-Dev] Re: "groupby" iterator

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Dec 2 15:02:08 EST 2003

> > It would let you do things like
> >
> >>>> map(X + 1, range(2))
> Something like this?
> class Adder:
>     def __init__(self, number):
>         self._number = number
>     def __call__(self, arg):
>         return arg + self._number
> class X:
>     def __add__(self, number):
>         return Adder(number)
> X = X()
> print map(X + 1, range(2))

Ah, of course.  Nice.  This can be extended to __getattr__ and
__getitem__; unfortunately __call__ would be ambiguous.  It could
probably be made quite fast with a C implementation.

Now the question remains, would it be better to hide this and simply
use it under the hood as an alternative way of generating code for
lambda, or should it be some sort of standard library module, to be
invoked explicitly?  In favor of the latter pleads that this would
solve the semantic differences with lambda when free variables are
involved: obviously X+q would evaluate q only once, while
(lamda X: X+q) evaluates q on each invocation.  Remember that for
generator expressions we've made the decision that
  (X+q for X in seq)
should evaluate q only once.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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