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mydict.items() is not a list
what i get from mydict.items() is not a list. i can't .sort() it. it have to make a list from it to be able to sort it in-place, defeating the performance advantage of sorting in place. what can be done to have the list of items in sorted order with that kind of performance?
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One can sort dictionaries with sorted(), not in-place though:

>>> d = {5: 'five', 3: 'three', 2: 'two'}
>>> sorted(d)
[2, 3, 5]
>>> sorted(d.items())
[(2, 'two'), (3, 'three'), (5, 'five')]
>>> dict(sorted(d.items()))
{2: 'two', 3: 'three', 5: 'five'}
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Here is an example with itemgetter:
This is useful, if you have a list with dicts and the dicts do have all the same keys.
Sorting them with the key function together with itemgetter is very handy.
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