preferring [] or () in list of error codes?

Carl Banks pavlovevidence at
Tue Jun 9 18:21:25 CEST 2009

On Jun 9, 8:20 am, samwyse <samw... at> wrote:
> On Jun 9, 12:30 am, Emile van Sebille <em... at> wrote:
> > On 6/8/2009 8:43 PM Ben Finney said...
> > > The fact that literal set syntax is a relative newcomer is the primary
> > > reason for that, I'd wager.
> > Well, no.  It really is more, "that's odd... why use set?"
> Until I ran some timing tests this morning, I'd have said that sets
> could determine membership faster than a list, but that's apparently
> not true,

See my reply to that post.  I believe your tests were flawed.

> assuming that the list has less than 8K members.  Above 16K
> members, sets are much faster than lists.  I'm not sure where the
> break is, or even why there's a break.

The break comes from the compiler, not the objects themselves.

Carl Banks

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