barry at python.org
Tue Jan 20 09:52:05 EST 2004
On Tue, 2004-01-20 at 09:26, Bob Ippolito wrote:
> On Jan 20, 2004, at 9:17 AM, Raymond Hettinger wrote:
> > Here is anidea to kick around:
> > Evolve and eventually replace dict.setdefault with a more specialized
> > method that is clearer, cleaner, easier to use, and faster.
> > d.addlist(k, v) would work like d.setdefault(k,
> > ).append(v)
> There are other reasons to use setdefault. This one is pretty common
> though, but I think a more generic solution could be implemented.
> d.setdefault(k, factory=list).append(v) ?
I'm not sure what any of the other suggestions buy you except avoiding a
list instantiation, which doesn't seem like enough to warrant the extra
complexity. I use setdefault() quite a bit (big surprise, huh?) and
occasionally would like lazy evaluation of the second argument, but it
usually doesn't bother me.
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