Set literals

George Sakkis gsakkis at rutgers.edu
Tue Mar 22 01:02:19 CET 2005


"Delaney, Timothy C (Timothy)" <tdelaney at avaya.com> wrote:

> > How about overloading curly braces for set literals, as in
> >
> >>>> aSet = {1,2,3}
> >
> > - It is the standard mathematic set notation.
> > - There is no ambiguity or backwards compatibility problem.
> > - Sets and dicts are in many respects similar data structures, so why
> > not share the same delimiter ?
>
> This was the proposed syntax (with {-} being the empty set - there's the
> ambiguity). The issue may be revisited for Python 3K, but for now there
> will not be syntax support for sets.
>
> Read the section on 'Set Notation' in:
> http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0218.html
>
> Tim Delaney


Thanks for the link; obviously, I wasn't aware of the proposal and its rejection.

looking-forward-to-python-3K-ly yours,
George





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