ok, so how do I return a sorted list without doing it in place
grante at visi.com
Sat Feb 17 11:21:32 EST 2001
In article <96koqk$gv6$1 at panix2.panix.com>, Aahz Maruch wrote:
>>> I know I can do:
>>> list = dict.keys()
>>> but it is just plain annoying.
>>I agree. This has bitten me on the butt more than once. It also seems
>>somewhat unPythonic. Usually I expect what happens in Python, but that
>>sort process always strikes me as unexpected.
On many occasions, I would find it quite handy if there was a sequence
method that returned a sorted shallow copy:
for k in dict.keys().sorted():
>It's unexpected in some respects, but doing it this way causes the
>fewest surprises overall. At least you rarely get a downstream bug
In my mine the used of the adjective "sorted" as a method name conveys the
fact that it doesn't modify the list in place they way the imperative "sort"
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