[Python-Dev] Efficient predicates for the standard library

Gareth McCaughan gmccaughan at synaptics-uk.com
Mon Oct 6 08:06:18 EDT 2003

I said:

>>     def any(pred, *iterables):
>> I think the ability to work with multiple sequences (and
>> not to have to use the argument order iter1, pred, iter2, ...)
>> is more important than the ability to avoid typing "bool,".

Chris Stork replied:

> Raymond would tell you to use either chain() or izip() on your
> *iterables.  ;-)  This would also make clear what is actually meant.

Ugh. :-)

>> Another option would be
>>     def any(*iterables, pred=bool):
>>>> def any(*iterables, pred=bool):
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>    File "<stdin>", line 1
>      def any(*iterables, pred=bool):
>                             ^
> SyntaxError: invalid syntax

Aieee! I was so sure you could do that, I didn't bother
checking. In fact my thoughts went like this: "Hang on;
can you do that? ... Yes, of course you can. I'm just
thinking of Lisp, where you can't because of the way
keyword args work there. That's a nice benefit of
Python's less minimal syntax, isn't it?". How annoying.


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