[Python-Dev] inline sort option

Shane Holloway (IEEE) shane.holloway at ieee.org
Thu Oct 16 16:00:31 EDT 2003

Guido van Rossum wrote:

 > *If* we're going to consider this, I would recommend using a different
 > method name rather than a keyword argument.  Arguments whose value
 > changes the return type present a problem for program analysis tools
 > like type checkers (and IMO are also easily overseen by human
 > readers).  And, it's easier to write l.sorted() rather than
 > l.sort(inline=True).
 > --Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

I'd like to see that as an inplace sort still -- because copysort is 
easy to get to...

l.sorted() # inplace sort, returning self
l[:].sorted() # copy sort, returning new list

Just my 1/50th of a dollar.  ;)
-Shane Holloway

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