[Python-Dev] Retrieve an arbitrary element from a set without removing it
Guido van Rossum
guido at python.org
Mon Oct 26 17:38:13 CET 2009
All this talk of equivalence classes makes me dizzy. :-)
- If sets were to grow an API to non-destructively access the object
stored in the set for a particular key, then dicts should have such a
- Ditto for an API to non-destructively get an arbitrary element.
- I'm far from convinced that we urgently need either API. But I'm
also not convinced it's unneeded.
- I still wish we could go back in time and unify sets and dicts, if
only to find out how that experiment would turn out.
--Guido van Rossum
PS. My elbow needs a couple more weeks of rest. Limiting myself to
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