How to turn a string into a list of integers?
roy at panix.com
Sun Sep 7 17:40:57 CEST 2014
In article <mailman.13850.1410102277.18130.python-list at python.org>,
Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
> You can't store a list in memory; what you store is a set of bits
> which represent some metadata and a bunch of pointers.
Well, technically, what you store is something which has the right
behavior. If I wrote:
my_huffman_coded_list =  * 1000000
I don't know of anything which requires Python to actually generate a
million 0's and store them somewhere (even ignoring interning of
integers). As long as it generated an object (perhaps a subclass of
list) which responded to all of list's methods the same way a real list
would, it could certainly build a more compact representation.
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