[Python-Dev] _length_cue()

LD 'Gus' Landis ldlandis at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 18:56:07 CET 2006

+1 on 'hint' vs 'cue'... also infers 'not definitive' (sort of like having a
    hint of how much longer the "honey do" list is... the honey do list is
    never 'exhaustive', only exhausting! ;-)

On 2/8/06, Andrew Koenig <ark at acm.org> wrote:
> > I'm worried about the name.  There are now exactly two names that behave
> > like a special method without having the double-underscores around it.
> > The first name is 'next', which is kind of fine because it's for
> > iterator classes only and it's documented.  But now, consider: the
> > CPython implementation can unexpectedly invoke a method on a
> > user-defined iterator class, even though this method's name is not
> > '__*__' and not documented as special!  That's new and that's bad.
> Might I suggest that at least you consider using "hint" instead of "cue"?
> I'm pretty sure that "hint" has been in use for some time, and always to
> mean a value that can't be assumed to be correct but that improves
> performance if it is.
> For example, algorithms that insert values in balanced trees sometimes take
> hint arguments that suggest where the algorithm should start searching for
> the insertion point.
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