Assigning to lists with arbitrary names

Delaney, Timothy tdelaney at
Mon Oct 15 02:27:40 CEST 2001

> From: Cliff Wells [mailto:logiplexsoftware at]
> On Wednesday 10 October 2001 23:57, Christian Tanzer wrote:
> > And it still uses a dictionary (just slightly hidden from your view)
> > so what's the point of such a gross hack?
> >
> > I think the OP should consider getting rid of his fear of 
> nested data
> > structures -- in Python they are your friend.
> Hrm, is it immoral of me to provide such disgusting code, 
> even if someone 
> explicitly requests it?  Should I help protect them from 
> themselves? =)

Yes it is. We need to protect such people from themselves ;)

Perhaps the best way to handle this is ...

"The Pythonic way to do this is ... If you *really* want to do it <the other
way> you can, and we will help you, but we suggest you try it the Pythonic
way first."

Tim Delaney

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