alwayssortedlist (was Re: On PEP 322 (ireverse))

Alex Martelli aleaxit at
Tue Nov 4 09:05:30 CET 2003

On Tuesday 04 November 2003 02:31 am, Delaney, Timothy C (Timothy) wrote:
> > I said a heap is "not effective" (as a way to sort, in Python) because
> > the sort method of lists is so much faster.  You CAN use a heap to
> > sort, it's just not an _effective_ way to perform sorting in Python.
> I'd argue that Alex. It may not be an "efficient" or "elegant" way to sort
> in Python, but there's not denying that it is "effective" - it does the job

Ah, a British vs American nuance, I suspect.  "effective" (according to 
American Heritage) only means "it does the job" -- according to the British 
"Chalmers 21th Century Dictionary", it may also have such connotations as 
"producing a pleasing effect; impressive, striking".  Guess I _should_ have 
said "efficient" instead and avoided the "transatlantic nuances" issue.


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