list index()

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Wed Sep 5 06:01:51 CEST 2007

Lawrence D'Oliveiro <ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand> writes:

> In message <1188886461.236237.168230 at>,
> Jason wrote:
> > The reason why the exception is more Pythonic is that the return
> > value is always a guaranteed good index into the list.
> How do you explain dict.get, then?

I explain it by noting that list.index and dict.get serve totally
different purposes. The former returns the index given a value; the
latter returns a value given a key.

There are many areas of poor symmetry in the language and libraries;
it isn't particularly clever or difficult to find them if one
looks. Doing so doesn't appear to illustrate any point I see relevant
in this thread.

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