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Re: ordered string-list considered harmful, was Re: [PATCH v3] Allow aliases that include other aliases

Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 07 2018, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
>> Jeff King wrote:

>>> I don't see any point in generating a sorted list and _then_ making an
>>> auxiliary hashmap. My idea was that if you're using a sorted string-list
>>> for lookup, then you can replace the whole thing with a hash (inserting
>>> as you go, rather than sorting at the end).
>> What if I'm sorting a string list in preparation for emitting a sorted
>> list, and I *also* want to perform lookups in that same list?  In
>> other words:
> If this turns out to be a common use-case perhaps the easiest way to
> support that would be to make the hashmap (optionally?) ordered, as Ruby
> 1.9 did with their hash implementation:
> https://www.igvita.com/2009/02/04/ruby-19-internals-ordered-hash/

That's about recording the order of insertion.  I'm talking about
something much simpler: sorting an array (as preparation for emitting
it) and binary searching to find an entry in that array.