python list handling and Lisp list handling

Michele Simionato michele.simionato at
Sat Apr 25 09:34:40 CEST 2009

On Apr 25, 9:07 am, Mark Tarver <dr.mtar... at> wrote:
> OK; I guess the answer to the question
> "Assuming the following Python encodings, and ignoring questions
> of performance, would Python and Lisp lists then be observationally
> indistinguishable? i.e. would these then be fair encodings?"
> is a 'yes'.   Any disagreement?
> Mark

No disagreement here. Since I know that you are trying
to generate Python code automatically from Qi/Lisp code,
I would like to suggest you to target Python 3.0,
which has some feature you may like. For instance,
there is a weak form of pattern matching built-in:

>>> head, *tail = [1,2,3] # Python 3.0 only!
>>> head
>>> tail
[2, 3]
           Michele Simionato

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