[Python-Dev] Retrieve an arbitrary element from a set without removing it

Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Sun Oct 25 18:57:07 CET 2009

* James Y. Knight:

> On Oct 25, 2009, at 2:50 AM, Terry Reedy wrote:
>> Alex Martelli wrote:
>>> Next(s) would seem good...
>> That does not work. It has to be next(iter(s)), and that has been
>> tried and eliminated because it is significantly slower.
> But who cares about the speed of getting an arbitrary element from a
> set? How can it *possibly* be a problem in a real program?

Hmm, perhaps when using sets as work queues?

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