Dictionary self lookup

Norberto Lopes shelika.void at gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 11:39:32 CEST 2009


Hi all.
Assuming that python dictionaries already provide a bit of "shoot
yourself in the foot", I think what I have in mind would not be so
bad.

What do you think of dictionaries having a self lookup in their
declaration?

Be able to do this:

a = {"foo" : "foo1", "bar" : a["foo"]} # or with another syntax

instead of:

a = { "foo" : "foo1" }
a["bar"] = a["foo"]

Maybe I'm murdering python syntax/philosophy right here so let me know
if that's the case.
I was thinking this could probably be done in python abstract tree but
as I never looked into it I may be wrong. I'm willing to make the
effort, provided I get some directions and that this idea is worth it.

Any feedback is welcome.

Cheers,
    Norberto



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