[Python-Dev] partition() (was: Remove str.find in 3.0?)
tjreedy at udel.edu
Tue Aug 30 07:12:41 CEST 2005
"Raymond Hettinger" <raymond.hettinger at verizon.net> wrote in
> Yes, there is a precise spec and yes it always returns three strings.
While the find/index discussion was about "what is the best way to indicate
'cannot answer'", part of the conclusion is that any way can be awkward.
So I am generally in favor of defining a function, when possible, so that
it can always deliver an answer (giving inputs of the appropriate types)
and so that the 'best way' question is moot. Nicely done.
I think the name 'partition' is fine too. It does not preclude putting a
quicksort-type partition function in a module of list functions. The only
alternative I can think of is 'tripart', but I do *not* prefer that.
Terry J. Reedy
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