[Python-Dev] PEP 455: TransformDict

Ethan Furman ethan at stoneleaf.us
Sat Sep 14 06:59:11 CEST 2013

On 09/13/2013 09:53 PM, Joao S. O. Bueno wrote:
> On 13 September 2013 22:40, Ethan Furman <ethan at stoneleaf.us> wrote:
>> On 09/13/2013 06:25 PM, MRAB wrote:
>>> On 14/09/2013 01:49, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>>>> Is it more common to want both the canonical key and value at the same
>>>> time, or to just want the canonical key? My gut feeling is that I'm
>>>> likely to have code like this:
>>>> d = TransformDict(...)
>>>> for key in data:
>>>>       key = d.get_canonical(key)
>>>>       value = d[key]
>>>>       print("{}: {}".format(key, value))
>>> I think I must be missing something. I thought that iterating over the
>>> dict would yield the original keys, so if you wanted the original key
>>> and value you would write:
>>> for key, value in data.items():
>>>       print("{}: {}".format(key, value))
>> Well, that's certainly how I would do it.  ;)
> I hope you are aware that this pattern does not help when one  wants
>   _one_ canonical key having a non-canonical one [...]

True, but I was thinking Steve was talking about printing the entire dict, in which case that is, indeed, how I would do it.

> I mean - given no function to retrieve the canonical key,
> one would have to resort to:
> my_key = data.__transform__(given_key)
> for key, value in data.items():
>      if data.__transform__(key) == my_key:
>          ....

Which is exactly why I, and others, would like to have the transform function easily available.  Besides being able to 
use it to get a canonical key, one could use it to get the function itself.  Yay, introspection!


More information about the Python-Dev mailing list