[Python-Dev] iterators and extended function call syntax (WAS: Replacement for print in Python 3.0)

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 19:06:48 CEST 2005

Nick Coghlan wrote:
> I actually hope that extended function call syntax in Py3k will
> use iterators rather than tuples so that this problem goes away.

I suggested this a while back on the Python list:

Raymond Hettinger brought up a few pretty valid complaints, the
biggest of which is that a lot of code now expects *args to be
sequences, not iterators.  For example, the code you posted on the
Wiki[1] would break:

    def write(*args, **kwds):
        # may break if args iterator does not have a __len__
        if not args:
        # will break unless "args = tuple(args)" precedes it
        for arg in args[1:]:

This code would have to be rewritten to use the iterator's .next()
method and try/excepts for StopIterations.  It's not particularly
hard, but people would have to do some relearning about *args.

[1] http://wiki.python.org/moin/PrintAsFunction

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