Comprehensions in Python the Jedi way
Beautiful is better than ugly.
Explicit is better than implicit.
-- The Zen of Python
I frequently deal with collections of things in the programs I write. Collections of droids, jedis, planets, lightsabers, starfighters, etc. When programming in Python, these collections of things are usually represented as lists, sets and dictionaries. Oftentimes, what I want to do with collections is to transform them in various ways. Comprehensions is a powerful syntax for doing just that. I use them extensively, and it's one of the things that keep me coming back to Python. Let me show you a few examples of the incredible usefulness of comprehensions.
All of the tasks presented in the examples can be accomplished with the extensive standard library available in Python. These solutions would arguably be more terse and efficient in some cases. I don't have anything against the standard library. To me there is a certain