[Python-Dev] Re: Source-level backward compatibility requirements
-logging and apply() - addendum
Guido van Rossum
guido at python.org
Tue Dec 9 12:23:10 EST 2003
> in my experience, you always lose your audience when you introduce the
> callable(*args, **kwargs) syntax, and you don't get them back until you
> explain that the notion is apply(callable, args, kwargs).
Maybe it depends on the audience?
In my experience (admitted it was a while ago), the desire to call a
function with arguments that are already given as an array often comes
to relative newbies who've never heard of apply in any other language
(isn't it a Lisp thing?). Sometimes they even ask why
a = (1, 2, 3)
isn't equivalent to
f(1, 2, 3)
and telling them about
usually makes them very happy.
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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