list.sort, was Re: [Python-Dev] decorate-sort-undecorate
Kevin J. Butler
python-kbutler at sabaydi.com
Wed Oct 15 17:05:34 EDT 2003
From: Barry Warsaw <barry at python.org>
> While we're hacking on .sort(), how horrible would it be if we
> modified it to return self instead of None?
> -1000. This is non-negotiable.
[Barry's blissful demo code snipped]
Just 998 votes to go - nice to have a precise value on BDFL
pronouncements. No voting twice with bigger numbers! ;-)
I think just about everyone gets tripped up by the "sort returns None"
behavior, and though one (e.g., BDFL) can declare that it is a less
significant stumble than not realizing the list is sorted in place, it
is a _continuing_ inconvenience, with virtually every call to .sort,
even for Python experts (like Barry, not me).
PS. Just realized I made a similar post over 6 years ago.
Does that mean I should just give it up already, or does it emphasize
that it is an ongoing issue? Though I still like the fact that the
change would not break /any/ existing code...
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