python needs leaning stuff from other language

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Fri Apr 3 04:35:18 CEST 2009

On Thu, 02 Apr 2009 18:40:08 -0700, Zac Burns wrote:

> Is it really worth it to not implement list.clear and answer this
> question over and over again?
> I see no reason that a list shouldn't have a .clear method.

The usual answer to that is that there's already two ways of clearing a 

del alist[:]
alist[:] = []

and we don't need a third way. Dicts and sets need a clear() method, 
because there's no equivalent to slicing.

I still think that alist.clear() would be a fine addition that matches my 
intuition and aesthetic sense. Alas, I'm apparently not Dutch.

BTW Zac, on this list we don't appreciate top-posting, and we encourage 
people to trim the quoted replies.


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