[Python-Dev] Retrieve an arbitrary element from a set withoutremoving it

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Mon Nov 2 23:19:38 CET 2009

Cameron Simpson wrote:

> Personally, I'm for the iteration spec in a lot of ways.
> Firstly, a .get()/.pick() that always returns the same element feels
> horrible. Is there anyone here who _likes_ it?

It doesn't sound very useful to me. However, an iterating
version of it doesn't sound any more useful. What would it
gain you? Why not just iterate over the set? Or make a
copy and repeatedly pop() it?

I completely fail to see a use case for this.


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