[Python-Dev] function for counting items in a sequence

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Mon Apr 9 02:15:20 CEST 2007

Raymond Hettinger wrote:
> Instead of a separate function in collections, it may be sensible to stick with
> the familiar and provide a dictionary contructor for the commonly encounter use
> case of counting things:

I don't think that's a good idea. The dict class
should restrict itself to being a general-purpose
mapping object, and not become a catchall for
utility functions that happen to return a dict.


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