[Python-Dev] decorate-sort-undecorate

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Oct 14 10:37:44 EDT 2003

> I've got a first draft patch (sans docs and tests) loaded at:
>    www.python.org/sf/823292

No time to review, so feedback just on this email. :-(

> The argument keywords are: cmpfunc, key, reverse

I'd suggest using 'cmp' instead of 'cmpfunc'.  (Same argument as for
'key' vs. 'keyfunc'.)

> The patch passes regression tests and a minimal set of basic
> functionality tests which need to be expanded considerably.  I'll need
> to go back over this one in more detail to check:
> * Whether the code was inserted in the right place with respect to the
> existing anti-mutation code.
> * Is the strategy of decorating in-place too aggressive?  Decoration
> consists of *replacing* each value x with (x, key(x)).

Should be fine.  AFAIR Tim's sort code sets the length of the list to
0, so accessing the list while it's being sorted is not supported

> * Verify reference counting and error handling.

Write unit tests and measure process size.

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

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