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

Eric Smith eric at trueblade.com
Thu Nov 5 02:12:13 CET 2009

Raymond Hettinger wrote:
> Summarizing my opposition to a new set method:
> 1) there already are at least two succinct ways to get the same effect
> 2) those ways work with any container, not just sets
> 3) set implementations in other languages show that this isn't needed.
> 4) there is value to keeping the API compact
> 5) isn't needed for optimization (selecting the same value in a loop 
> makes no sense)
> 6) absence of real-world code examples that would be meaningfully improved
> I would be happy to add an example to the docs so that this thread
> can finally end.

Please do!


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