[Python-Dev] Toowtdi: Datatype conversions

Michael Hudson mwh at python.net
Mon Jan 5 07:56:28 EST 2004

"Robert Brewer" <fumanchu at amor.org> writes:

> Raymond Hettinger wrote:
>> Choosing between:
>>     list(d)  or   d.keys()
>> Which is the one obvious way of turning a dictionary into a list?  
>> IMO, list(d) is it.
> Except that, "turning a dictionary into a list" as an English phrase is
> indeterminate--do you want the keys or the values or both?

Indeed.  In particular, I often write

for k in d:


for k,v in d:

and seem to subconsciously expect Python to work out the rest :-)
(this is not a feature request...)


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