Fix Python – Will OrderedDict become redundant in Python 3.7?


Asked By – James Hiew

From the Python 3.7 changelog:

the insertion-order preservation nature of dict objects has been declared to be an official part of the Python language spec.

Would this mean that OrderedDict will become redundant? The only use I can think of it will be to maintain backwards compatibility with older versions of Python which don’t preserve insertion-order for normal dictionaries.

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No it won’t become redundant in Python 3.7 because OrderedDict is not just a dict that retains insertion order, it also offers an order dependent method, OrderedDict.move_to_end(), and supports reversed() iteration*.

Moreover, equality comparisons with OrderedDict are order sensitive and this is still not the case for dict in Python 3.7, for example:

>>> OrderedDict([(1,1), (2,2)]) == OrderedDict([(2,2), (1,1)]) 
>>> dict([(1,1), (2,2)]) == dict([(2,2), (1,1)]) 

Two relevant questions here and here.

* Support for reversed() iteration of regular Python dict is added for Python 3.8, see issue33462

This question is answered By – Chris_Rands

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