[Python-Dev] Another case for frozendict

Russell E. Owen rowen at uw.edu
Wed Jul 16 01:48:48 CEST 2014

In article 
<CAPTjJmoZHLfT3G4eqV+=ZCVbpf65fkcmah9h_8p162UHA7fQLA at mail.gmail.com>,
 Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:04 AM, Jason R. Coombs <jaraco at jaraco.com> wrote:
> > I can achieve what I need by constructing a set on the ‘items’ of the dict.
> >
> >>>> set(tuple(doc.items()) for doc in res)
> >
> > {(('n', 1), ('err', None), ('ok', 1.0))}
> This is flawed; the tuple-of-tuples depends on iteration order, which
> may vary. It should be a frozenset of those tuples, not a tuple. Which
> strengthens your case; it's that easy to get it wrong in the absence
> of an actual frozendict.

I would love to see frozendict in python.

I find myself using dicts for translation tables, usually tables that 
should not be modified. Documentation usually suffices to get that idea 
across, but it's not ideal.

frozendict would also be handy as a default values for function 
arguments. In that case documentation isn't enough and one has to resort 
to using a default value of None and then changing it in the function 

I like frozendict because I feel it is expressive and adds some safety. 

-- Russell

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