newbie questions

Fredrik Lundh fredrik at
Sun Dec 12 22:13:51 CET 2004

John Machin wrote:

>> > Even less overhead: del var1[:]
>> even less overhead:
>>     var1 = []
> Firstly, your replacement is not functionally equivalent.

do you really have to tell me that?  (as I said, if you rely on the difference,
your design is probably flawed)

> Secondly, it appears *NOT* to have less overhead:

did you ask your fingers ;-)

my benchmark told me it was faster, but that doesn't make sense, and I cannot
repeat that test; I suspect I compared plain assignent to the assign-to-slice variant.
or maybe I used a pre-Raymond version of Python...


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