jmarshal at mathworks.com
Fri Mar 16 17:33:49 CET 2001
Aahz Maruch <aahz at panix.com> wrote:
> In article <m1ae6lg5qt.fsf at pclabs188.labs.trema.com>,
> Harri Pasanen <harri at trema.com> wrote:
>>The list.sort(cmp) docs for Python 2.0 state:
>> The sort() method takes an optional argument specifying a
>> comparison function of two arguments (list items) which should
>> return -1, 0 or 1 depending on whether the first argument is
>> considered smaller than, equal to, or larger than the second
> Note that "should" carefully. The current implementation of sort() only
> checks for a negative value, but that's not a behavior that should be
> relied on in your coding. You can be sure that any anamolies in the
> behavior of cmp() will be fixed if the sort() algorithm ever changes.
Seems the word "should" should never appear in documentation.
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