[Python-ideas] get() method for list and tuples

Sven R. Kunze srkunze at mail.de
Tue Feb 28 13:10:15 EST 2017

On 28.02.2017 18:18, David Mertz wrote:
> Yes, and easily written as above.  What significant advantage would it 
> have to spell the above as:
>     x = alist.get(pos, default_val)
> It's a couple characters shorter in the proposed version.  I guess 
> I'll concede that needing the odd indexing at the end to get the 
> scalar is slightly ugly.

1. advantage: it looks like dict access -> allows duck typing (oh how 
often I'd missed that)
2. advantage: no try except
3. advantage: no weird workaround with slices and additional item access

Thanks for bringing this up, Michel. First point would be most important 
to me.

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