[Python-ideas] An identity dict

Jack Diederich jackdied at gmail.com
Tue Jun 1 01:31:06 CEST 2010

On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 2:05 PM, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> current vote: -.3
> I am also not yet convinced, but perhaps could be, that either type, with or
> without generalization should be in the stdlib. Instances of user class
> without custom equality are already compared by identity. The use cases for
> keying immutables by identify is pretty sparse. That pretty much leave
> mutables with custom equality (by value rather than identity).

I'm -1 on the idea without a strong use case.  I vaguely recall
implementing one of these before but I think I was using it as a hacky
weakrefdict.  Looking in my libmisc.py for dict-alikes I see an
OrderedDict (obsoleted), a ForgivingDict (obsoleted by defaultdict), a
ProxyDict, and a DecorateDict.  The ProxyDict can push/pop dicts and
does lookups across all of them, most recent first, and performs sets
in the most recent.  The DecorateDict calls a function on the value
before returning it.  Django has classes with almost the exact same
code (not contributed by me).



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