[Python-Dev] Challenge about print >> None

Paul Prescod paul@prescod.net
Mon, 11 Sep 2000 22:34:10 -0700

Vladimir Marangozov wrote:
> def func(file=sys.stdout):
>     print >> file, args
> This is a clearer, compared to None which is not a file.

I've gotta say that I agree with you on all issues. If I saw that
file=None stuff in code in another programming language I would expect
it meant send the output nowhere. People who want sys.stdout can get it.
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