[Python-Dev] PEP 0424: A method for exposing a length hint
ncoghlan at gmail.com
Tue Jul 17 05:19:55 CEST 2012
On Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM, Alex Gaynor <alex.gaynor at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've updated the PEP to reflect the discussion. There are two major changes:
> 1) NotImplemented may be used by __length_hint__ to indicate that there is no
> finite length hint available.
I've been thinking about this a bit more, and I think it does provide
good scope for eventually adding __length_hint__ to more iterators
(including map, filter and enumerate).
> 2) callers of operator.length_hint() must provide their own default value, this
> is also required by the current C _PyObject_LengthHint implementation.
And this makes it explicit that API users need to deal with the
AttributeError/NotImplemented case, whilst making it easy to do so.
> There are no provisions for infinite iterators, that is not within the scope of
> this proposal.
I'll repeat my observation that remaining silent on this point is
effectively identical to blessing the practice of raising an exception
in __length_hint__ to force fast failure of attempts to convert an
infinite iterator to a concrete container. Rather than leaving people
to figure this out on their own, we may as well make it official that
TypeError can be raised in __length_hint__ to block conversion to
concrete containers that use a preallocation strategy.
Nick Coghlan | ncoghlan at gmail.com | Brisbane, Australia
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