[Python-Dev] Add a "transformdict" to collections

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Tue Sep 10 21:59:56 CEST 2013

On 10/09/2013 20:08, Paul Moore wrote:
> On 10 September 2013 19:31, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
>>> I think it would be a flaw to have this detail implementation-defined.
>>> This would be like saying that it is implementation-defined which
>>> of A,B,C is returned from "A and B and C" if all are true.
>> Ok, it seems everyone (except me :-)) agrees that it should return the
>> first key value, so that's how it will be.
> If you retain the first key value, it's easy enough for the
> application to implement "retain the last" semantics:
> try:
>      del d[k]
> finally:
>      d[k] = v
That would raise a KeyError is the key was missing. A better way is:

d.pop(k, None)
d[k] = v

> If you provide "retain the last", I can't see any obvious way of
> implementing "retain the first" in application code without in effect
> reimplementing the class.
"Retain the first" does feel more natural to me.

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