[Python-ideas] data structures should have an .any() method

Gerald Britton gerald.britton at gmail.com
Sat Sep 5 15:26:34 CEST 2009

compose?  Where'd you find that?

On Sat, Sep 5, 2009 at 6:53 AM, Georg Brandl<g.brandl at gmx.net> wrote:
> Antoine Pitrou schrieb:
>> Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at ...> writes:
>>> Because it overspecifies the semantics of what you're trying to do. It
>>> just happens that when the requirement is "get me any object in this
>>> container" the design of Python means that the easiest implementation is
>>> "get me the first object in this container".
>> I don't agree.
>> Since iteration is such a frequent operation, any container which doesn't
>> provide cheap iteration could be considered badly designed and/or badly
>> implemented. Therefore it makes sense to rely on iteration when implementing
>> other primitives.
>> People worrying that it expresses implementation rather than intent can write
>> the trivial abstraction by themselves:
>> def any_item(x):
>>     return next(iter(x))
> or
> any_item = compose(next, iter)
> ;)
> Georg
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