Guido van Rossum (Guido.van.Rossum@cwi.nl)
Mon, 29 Jun 1992 15:55:41 +0200
>In Python, you currently have to say:
> for i in range(len(a)-1,-1,-1):
>to iterate backwards over the indices of a list. Range should be
>defined so that you can simply say:
> for i in range(len(a),0,-1):
>If k>0, this could be done by defining
>to be equivalent to
>That is to say, if the third argument is negative then the range
>that is produced includes the second argument but not the first.
>If the third argument is positive the range includes the first
>argument but not the second as is currently the case.
Interesting suggestion; at first I thought I'd agree with you
completely (barring backward compatibility, which I don't think will
be a big problem); but what about things like range(0, -5, -1)?
Currently this returns [0, -1, -2, -3, -4]; under Lou's proposed
definition it would change to [-1, -2, -3, -4, -5]. Intimate lovers
of two's complement arithmetic might expect that, but to me it feels
Any other opinions?
--Guido van Rossum, CWI, Amsterdam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"This is an ex-parrot"