PEP 276 -- What else could iter(5) mean?

Emile van Sebille emile at
Sun Mar 3 02:58:02 CET 2002

"David Eppstein"
> Here's another way of looking at the same question.
> An iterable object has a next() function, that's what it means to be
> iterable.  If numbers are iterable, we can call, right?
> So what should be?  Surely anyone familiar with the Peano
> would say 6, not 0!

Interesting, but even that depends on access mode.  If I open a file to
iterate over it, I certainly expect record 0 to be retrieved first.
OTOH, if I want to add a record, then I want the next _unused_ index.

As for what else iter(5) could mean, it's certainly more interesting to
have it count up to five vs counting up from five!  ;-)

I-have-to-get-back-to-practicing-my-Peano-now-ly y'rs,


Emile van Sebille
emile at


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