How about adding slice notation to iterators/generators?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Fri Oct 16 10:54:01 CEST 2009

Eloff wrote:
> I was just working with a generator for a tree that I wanted to skip
> the first result (root node.)

There is already an obvious standard way to do this.

it = <whatever>
next(it) #toss first item
for item in it:

> And it occurs to me, why do we need to do:
> import sys
> from itertools import islice
> my_iter = islice(my_iter, 1, sys.maxint)
> When we could simply add slice operations to generators?
> for x in my_iter[1:]:
>     pass

1. islice works with any iterator; generator method would only work with 
2. iterator protocol is intentionally simple.

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