[Python-Dev] Proposal: defaultdict

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sat Feb 18 00:06:20 CET 2006

Ian Bicking wrote:
> I know *I* at least don't like code that mixes up access and 
> modification.  Maybe not everyone does (or maybe not everyone thinks of 
> getitem as "access", but that's unlikely).  I will assert that it is 
> Pythonic to keep access and modification separate, which is why methods 
> and attributes are different things, and why assignment is not an 
> expression, and why functions with side effects typically return None, 
> or have names that are very explicit about the side effect, with names 
> containing command verbs like "update" or "set".  All of these 
> distinguish access from modification.

Do you never write


This is modification and access, all in a single statement, and all
without assignment operator.

I don't see the setting of the default value as a modification.
The default value has been there, all the time. It only is incarnated


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