newbie: working iwth list of tuples

falcon shahbazc at
Sun Jan 29 01:31:10 EST 2006

Hi All,
I am fairly new to Python (less than a week).  My goal is to write a
small prototype of a database.  Rather than build it using the typical
method where one provides selection, projection, aggregation, union,
intersection, etc. functions, I would like to do it in a more
'functional' style (executing a database query by using map, reduce,
filter, etc.  I am curious what the best way is to work with a list of
tuples.  For example, if I have the following list:
how do I apply a map to each item in each tuple in the list?  What if I
want to filter based on both elements (the number AND the letter)?

The most obvious solution is just to provide a function or a lambda
expression whcih does what I want.  However, since this is, eventually,
going to be a database, the user will decide at run time what functions
and operations should be run on a 'table' (really a list of tuples) ...
and the structure of the 'table' will obviously not be known until

I didn't find any examples of using idioms from functional programming
beyond basic explanation of reduce and map (I have a couple of Haskell
and ML books, but I know those languages even less than Python).

I hope you understand the problem.  Thanks in advance.

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