Sort a Dictionary

mackstann mack at
Sat Aug 23 04:24:53 CEST 2003

On Sat, Aug 23, 2003 at 02:03:09AM +0000, Afanasiy wrote:
> This is fairly simple in PHP, how do I do it in Python?

In PHP, associative arrays are still regular arrays too, you can access
them by index (IIRC), and when you loop through them, they maintain the
order in which you assigned their items. Python seperates associative
arrays (dicts/hashes) from numerically indexed arrays (lists).  You
can't sort a dict, because a dict has no order.  You could do something

mydict = { ..whatever.. }

sortedkeys = mydict.keys()

for key in sortedkeys:
  print key, mydict[key]

Then we run into the issue of why we have to do list.sort() in place,
and I'm sure that's been discussed here a billion times (can't say I've
been part of any of those discussions though).

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