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Sorting a set works, sorting a dictionary fails ?

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months = { '@@@@@@@@@@':0, '':1, '':2, '':3, '':4, '':5, '':6, \
'':7, '':8, '':9, '':10, '':11, '':12 }

for key in sorted( months.values() ):
<option value="%s"> %s </option>
''' % (months[key], key) )

please tell me Uli why this dont work as expected to.
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Steven D'Aprano
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On Mon, 10 Jun 2013 03:42:38 -0700, Νικόλαος Κούρας wrote:

> for key in sorted( months.values() ):

> please tell me Uli why this dont work as expected to.

Because values are not keys. You are looking at the values, and trying to
use them as keys.

months = {'Φεβρουάριος':2, 'Ιανουάριος':1}
for x in sorted(months.values()):

for x in sorted(months.keys()):



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Ulrich Eckhardt
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Am 10.06.2013 11:48, schrieb Νικόλαος Κούρας:
> After many tried this did the job:
> for key in sorted(months.items(),key=lambda num : num[1]):
> print('''
> <option value="%s"> %s </option>
> ''' % (key[1], key[0]) )

This code is still sending a misleading message. What you are referring
to as "key" here is in fact a (key, value) tuple. I'd use Fábio's
suggestion and use the automatic splitting:

for name, idx in sorted(months.items(), key=lambda num : num[1]):
print('month #{} is {}'.format(idx, name))

> but its really frustrating not being able to:
> for key in sorted( months.values() ):
> print('''
> <option value="%s"> %s </option>
> ''' % (months[key], key) )
> Which seemed to be an abivous way to do it.

You are composing three things:

1. months.values() - gives you a sequence with the month numbers
2. sorted() - gives you a sorted sequence
3. for-iteration - iterates over a sequence

At which point is Python doing anything non-obvious? Also, have you
considered reversing the dictionary mapping or creating a second one
with the reversed mapping? Or maybe take a look at collections.OrderedDict?

> names set() was able to order like this why not the dictionary too?

Well, why don't you use a set then, if it solves your problem? An in
which place does anything behave differently? Sorry to bring you the
news, but your expectations are not fulfilled because your assumptions
about how things should work are already flawed, I'm afraid.


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