[Python-Dev] best practices stdlib: purging xrange

Brian Harring ferringb at gmail.com
Tue May 8 02:10:22 CEST 2007

On Tue, May 08, 2007 at 09:14:02AM +1000, Anthony Baxter wrote:
> I'd like to suggest that we remove all (or nearly all) uses of 
> xrange from the stdlib. A quick scan shows that most of the usage 
> of it is unnecessary. With it going away in 3.0, and it being 
> informally deprecated anyway, it seems like a good thing to go away 
> where possible.
> Any objections?

Punt it when it's no longer useful (py3k); xrange exists for a 
reason- most usage just needs to iterate over a range of numbers 
(xrange), not instantiate a list of the range, then iterate over said 
range (range).  Don't much see the point in making stdlib more 
wasteful in runtime for an "informally deprecated" func that lots of 
folks in the real world still use.

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