Retrieving a specific object from a list?

Jeremiah Dodds jeremiah.dodds at
Thu Apr 9 13:24:28 CEST 2009

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 12:16 PM, andrew cooke <andrew at> wrote:

> but when you need to access instances by more than one value (.bar and
> .baz) then typically that's a hard problem, and there's a trade-off
> somewhere.  you might find writing a special container that contains two
> dicts is useful.  if so, you might want to use weak references - see
> weakref module).
> all the above are relatively direct solutions.  in my experience this kind
> of issue often comes from not thinking at a high enough level about the
> algorithm - even though my third suggestion (deque) sounds rather obscure
> you may find that once you look at you algorithm more carefully it can be
> rewritten in that way.  i think i've seen this in my own code as i improve
> at integrating what might be more "functional" idioms into python in a
> "natural" (pythonic) way.
> andrew
Thanks, I have used a dict for doing what I was talking about in cases where
I only ever want to be able to access by one property of the objects, but as
you know, that doesn't work too well when I want to access by more than one

It looks like I need to write a special class that acts as an iterable, and
as a map on values of (more-or-less) arbitrary properties of the objects
contained in it. I could probably also use with stepping back and looking at
my problem from a higher level to make sure I'm not barking up an entirely
wrong tree.

I'll take a look at weakref and dequeue, and see if they help.
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