Dijkstra on Python

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Tue Aug 13 13:38:09 CEST 2002

Robin Becker wrote:
> In article <mailman.1029211160.24826.python-list at python.org>, James J.
> Besemer <jb at cascade-sys.com> writes
> ......
> >
> >E.g., consider the implementation of Sets in Python (or Perl).  You could
> >use dictionaries (as many propose) or plain lists or bitmaps of big
> >numbers.  If sets are truly gigantic you may want to use b-trees or a
> >persistent Zope DB.  You probably would encapsulate the abstraction in a
> >class but that's not necessary for simple implementations.  Even in C, you
> >have your choice of bitmaps, arrays of numbers or pointers to objects, or
> >higher order data structures -- only it's more work than in Python or Perl.
> >
> >So, plainly, "there's more than one way" to solve most problems in any
> >modern programming language.
> .....
> as another example one only has to consider the dictator's paper on
> python optimisation http://www.python.org/doc/essays/list2str.html which
> has no fewer than 7 ways to do the same thing. The zen of Python is
> often pretty meaningless.

Zen in general is often pretty meaningless, but it's still a wind
with no clouds in the sky.


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