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

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Sep 6 07:51:43 CEST 2009

Nick Coghlan wrote:

> That said, I'm -0 on the idea overall. If someone actually needs it, it
> isn't particularly hard for them to write their own getany() function.

There's a situation where the need to do this kind of
thing actually arises fairly frequently -- retrieving
things from a relational database. Often you're
expecting exactly one result from a query, but the
API always gives you a sequence, which you then have
to get the first item from. Doing that over and
over again gets rather tedious.


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