Why list.sort() don't return the list reference instead of None?

Lawrence Oluyede raims at dot.com
Mon May 8 08:44:57 CEST 2006

"ankyhe at gmail.com" <ankyhe at gmail.com> writes:

> I want to ask why the designer of Python do so?

I'm not a Python core developer nor a designer but I've always known that
sort() is a in-place sort and since the list is a mutable object it mutates the
list sending the "sort()" message. If you want to get back a sorted iterable
use... sorted :)

L = [3, 1, 2]
ls = sorted(L)

now ls is your list, sorted.

Lawrence - http://www.oluyede.org/blog
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