Ned Batchelder firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
On 12/15/2011 9:23 PM, Ben Finney wrote:
the positional arguments to the function are *not* a homogeneous sequence, so a list doesn't connote the right thing. The position is important – we call them “positional arguments” – so a tuple makes sense.
In general the positional arguments to a function are not homogenous, but the foo(*args) syntax is for precisely when you don't know how many args you will get
It's valuable for the case where the arguments need to be passed verbatim to a superclass. At some point, something in the call chain should know the meaning of each positional argument.
and you will of necessity treat them homogenously, no?
If the function consumes the positional arguments as a homogeneous list, I'd say that's a poor design (the function should instead specify a single argument which is a homogeneous sequence).