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I was wondering whether the del statment was going to stay in Python3000?

It is a bit awkward to use the del statement where a method call would do
the same without the need for a new keyword.

del list[elem]
del map[elem]



would achieve the same result (and I think, this is what happens in the

The same discussion was done for the "external" len-function (list.len()
vs. len(list)).

I don't dare to say that the del-keyword is superflous, but I would like
to know the pros and cons of the external keyword approach.


Dec 5 '06 #1
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