Suppose the following:
>>> s = set([1, 2, 3])
How do I get a value (any value) out of s without doing s.pop()? I want to leave the item in the set until I am sure I can remove it - something I can only be sure of after an asynchronous call to another host.
Quick and dirty:
>>> elem = s.pop()
But do you know of a better way? Ideally in constant time.