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

Alexander Belopolsky alexander.belopolsky at gmail.com
Tue Oct 27 18:50:56 CET 2009

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 1:33 PM, Chris Bergstresser <chris at subtlety.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM, Georg Brandl <g.brandl at gmx.net> wrote:
>> Sorry to nitpick, but there is no list.get().
>   No?  How ... odd.

Odd indeed.  My first reaction was: it is not needed because lists
support slicing, but when I tried to construct a list.get() using
slicing the best I could come up with was the following hack

>>> def lget(l, i, v):  return (l[i:] or [v])[0]
>>> lget(range(10), 20, 200)
>>> lget(range(10), 5, 50)

Yet for some reason I never missed this functionality ...

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