[Python-Dev] performance of {} versus dict()

Xavier Morel python-dev at masklinn.net
Wed Nov 14 23:01:32 CET 2012

On 2012-11-14, at 21:53 , Mark Adam wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM, Xavier Morel <catch-all at masklinn.net> wrote:
>> On 2012-11-14, at 19:54 , Mark Adam wrote:
>>> Merging of two dicts is done with dict.update.
>> No, dict.update merges one dict (or two) into a third one.
> No.  I think you need to read the docs.

I know what the docs say. dict.update requires an existing dict and (as
mutator methods usually do in Python) doesn't return anything. Thus it
merges a dict (or two) into a third one (the subject of the call).

>>> How do you do it on
>>> initialization?  This doesn't make sense.
>> dict(d1, **d2)
> That's not valid syntax is it?

Of course it is, why would it not be?

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