ok, so how do I return a sorted list without doing it in place

Kalle Svensson kalle at gnupung.net
Fri Feb 16 20:01:22 EST 2001

Sez Phlip:
> Proclaimed Sean 'Shaleh' Perry from the mountaintops:
[list.sort() returns None]
> I don't know why a more useful return value couldn't have been supplied, 

See http://www.python.org/doc/current/lib/typesseq-mutable.html, footnote 5,
for the reasoning of the designers:

The sort() and reverse() methods modify the list in place for economy of
space when sorting or reversing a large list. They don't return the sorted
or reversed list to remind you of this side effect.

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