Tuples and immutability

Roy Smith roy at panix.com
Fri Mar 7 14:37:52 CET 2014


In article <XnsA2E95FA1E1EB6duncanbooth at 127.0.0.1>,
 Duncan Booth <duncan.booth at invalid.invalid> wrote:

> Is there any reason why tuples need to throw an exception on assigning to 
> the element if the old value and new value are the same object?
> 
> If I say:
> 
>     a = ("spam", [10, 30], "eggs")
> 
> then
> 
>     a[0] = a[0]
> 
> won't actually mutate the object. So tuples could let that silently pass. 

But, why would you want them to?  What a way to introduce bugs which are 
difficult to test for.



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