Suggestion for the PythonDevelopment for next version
Erik Max Francis
max at alcyone.com
Tue Oct 14 04:47:52 CEST 2008
> I know that. enumerate is a great function. But this way it always
> adds some complexity.
That objection doesn't really make sense. Your suggestion is far more
complex: It requires that an `index` attribute be added to every
element in an iteration. What's the lifetime of that attribute? Is it
a real attribute, permanently attached to the item? What about for
objects that already have an `index` attribute? If it's a "virtual"
attribute, how long does it last? Is the iterated object a
newly-created wrapper object for the purposes of providing that
attribute? If so, how do you make that more efficient than just
creating a new object for each object you iterate over? And so on.
Just use `enumerate`. That's what it's there for.
> I think that it is more better to give a man a
> better tool then to let him play with a not so good one. People like
> Python because of his simplicity in comparison with c++. Maybe People
> would like him even more it would be a bit more simple but the same
The problem is your suggestion would make Python a worse tool, not a
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