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

On Fri, Sep 07, 2018 at 12:23:53AM -0700, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
> Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:
> > 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.

If you want both a collection that is always sorted and has efficient
lookup for an arbitrary entry, then a B-tree is probably a better
choice.  That's the primitive that Rust provides for that situation.
brian m. carlson: Houston, Texas, US
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