Most efficient solution?

Peter Hansen peter at
Mon Jul 16 23:26:04 EDT 2001

Steve Holden wrote:
> "Peter Hansen" <peter at> wrote:
> > 3. We certainly talk a lot about "one way to write it",
> >    but obviously Python does allow several ways in most
> >    cases.  It seems to split roughly between the "most
> >    obvious" (probably only for us newcomers) and the
> >    map/filter/lambda/list comprehension style which is
> >    obviously second nature for some and entirely outside
> >    of the experience of others.  This ties back to
> >    (1), suggesting that learning more about these builtins
> >    is one of the best ways to optimize (working) Python code.
> Peter: I believe the politically correct mantra is "one obvious way 
> to do it".

Yeah, I was reminded of that in reading
shortly after I posted.   :(

 """13. There should be one -- and preferably only one -- obvious 
    way to do it. """

Peter Hansen, P.Eng.
peter at

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