[Python-Dev] Tutorial: Brief Introduction to the Standard Libary

Arthur ajs at optonline.net
Thu Nov 27 08:52:51 EST 2003

>I'm interested to know what your experiences have been >with

How about one's experience in learning Python?

It is clear to me - in retrospect - that the absence of copy() as a
_built-in__ worked negatively.  Learning isn't a linear process, and I can't
make a simple linear argument as to why this is so. But it has more to do
with getting a handle on assignment, than the direct use or lack of use of
copy() itself. I tried to open up discussion of this issue on edu-sig, and
was asked by Guido to take a hike.  I had apparently chosen an inappropriate

I understand that a move of copy() to built-ins is not in the cards.  Number
#1 on a list of library modules in a tutorial may well be a better solution.
I strongly encourage you to stick with your instincts and intuition here.
But by all means including Guido's koan about the overuse of copy by novices
as part of that presentation.


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