bad recursion, still works
jeffober at gmail.com
Wed Jul 16 14:09:30 CEST 2008
On Jul 15, 7:21 pm, Michael Torrie <torr... at gmail.com> wrote:
> iu2 wrote:
> > I still don't understand: In each recursive call to flatten, acc
> > should be bound to a new , shouldn't it? Why does the binding happen
> > only on the first call to flatten?
> Nope. In each new call it's (re)bound to the same original list, which
> you've added to as your function continues--it's mutable. Default
> variables that are bound to mutable objects are one of the big caveats
> that is mentioned in the FAQ.
Is this avoidable by using a call to list() in the definition instead?
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