[Python-Dev] Re: Re: lists v. tuples

Greg Ewing greg@cosc.canterbury.ac.nz
Mon, 17 Mar 2003 12:37:20 +1200 (NZST)


> But don't those APIs usually specify cmp() because
> their designers (mistakenly) believed the three different outcomes
> were easy to compute together and it would simplify the API?

I reckon it all goes back to Fortran with its
IF (X) 10,20,30 statement.

Maybe the first Fortran machine had a 3-way
jump instruction?

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