strings and sort()

Jason caljason76 at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 21 21:35:25 CET 2002


Paul Rubin <phr-n2002a at nightsong.com> wrote in message news:<7xg03vsidi.fsf at ruckus.brouhaha.com>...

>   b = list(a)
>   b.sort()
> 

perfect. thanks

> In Python, that's considered immoral--it puts you in danger of
> forgetting that the sort operation modifies the list that you use it
> on.  For example, if you say
> 
>    a = b.sort()
> 
> expecting to get a sorted copy of b without clobbering b, you'd get
> a rude surprise.

I still think that the convenience of having sort() return the list
far outweighs the cost.  People would only get bit once, maybe twice,
before they learned the behavior of sort.

I like Python, but the biggest problem I have with the language right
now is what low code density it has at times.

-j



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