Why are there no ordered dictionaries?

Fuzzyman fuzzyman at gmail.com
Fri Nov 25 09:18:05 CET 2005


Christoph Zwerschke wrote:
> Fuzzyman schrieb:
> > d.keys() will still return a copy of the list, so d.keys()[i] will
> > still be slower than d.sequence[i]
>
> Right, I forgot that.  Bengt suggested to implement __call__ as well as
> __getitem__ and __setitem__ for keys, values and items.
>
> In this case, you could very effectively access it as d.values[i].
>

That means making keys, values, and items custom objects.
Creating a new instance would have the overhead of creating 4 new
objects instead of just 1. Is the added convenience worth it ? (Plus
the extra layers of method calls for each access).

I'm not sure. It's a nice idea in terms of using it (we could just
leave the sequence attribute as an alias for the new keys attribute -
for backwards compatibility).

All the best,



Fuzzyman
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> -- Christoph




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