Range Operation pre-PEP
fredrik at pythonware.com
Fri May 11 09:28:09 CEST 2001
Douglas Alan wrote:
> I also see that tuples support "in" and "+" and "*" and slicing and
> len() and min() and max(). In light of this, it seems that the fact
> that they are missing count() and index() should only been seen as an
> unfortunate oversight.
more likely, it's because you don't know your python well enough.
the core sequence interface (PySequenceMethods) includes the
__getitem__, __setitem__, __delitem__
__getslice__, __setslice__, __delslice__
like most other operations that work on sequences, min() and max()
only require you to have working __len__ and __getitem__ methods.
none of the methods provided by list objects are part of the core
> Yes, if its sequence argument is a tuple, then it returns a tuple
which probably is an unfortunate oversight, since it returns lists
for all other sequences:
>>> from UserList import UserList
>>> L = UserList((1, 2, 3, 4))
>>> filter(None, L)
[1, 2, 3, 4]
>>> type(filter(None, L))
> If you were right, you should never want to run filter on a tuple, and if
> you were so foolish to use filter() on a tuple, it should return a
> list to show you the errors of your ways. Or actually, tuples
> shouldn't be sequences at all, since you should never treat a tuple as
> a sequence, rather than just as a record.
since ben is right, I'm glad you're not in charge of python's design.
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