itertools comments [Was: Re: RELEASED: Python 2.3a2]

Paul Rubin http
Fri Feb 21 00:00:47 CET 2003


"Raymond Hettinger" <vze4rx4y at verizon.net> writes:
> > Wouldn't `xfilter`, `xmap` etc. be a better naming convention than
> > `ifilter`, `imap` etc?
> 
> There were a number of possible naming styles and, in the end,
> it is the module writer's perogative.
> 
> The i-prefix is supposed to be a reminder that the functions return
> iterators.  It has a nice, snappy feel to it and is unapologetic about
> any resemblance to names used in Apple/MacIntosh marketing.

imap is also an email transfer protocol.  A python program I'm hacking
on now has an imap class that implementst that protocol.  I guess I'll
have to rename it.

I think xrange, etc. are already a convention for the closest thing
Python has traditionally had to iterators.  Maybe those functions
should just be updated to make ordinary iterators.




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