[Python-ideas] Python Users Aren't Perfect

Masklinn masklinn at masklinn.net
Fri Dec 16 09:37:11 CET 2011

On 2011-12-16, at 06:50 , Greg Ewing wrote:
> Ned Batchelder wrote:
>> Finish that foo function definition: it will *have* to have  "for a in args:"
> Not necessarily. It might be something like this:
>   def foo(*args):
>      if len(args) == 2:
>         x, y = args
>         fizzle2d(x, y)
>      else:
>         x, y, z = args
>         fizzle3d(x, y, z)
> In other words, it might be what is effectively an
> overloaded function with a number of different possible
> calling signatures. Once you've decided which signature
> is being invoked, each member of the argument tuple
> takes on a specific role.
Is that really used instead of optional arguments with a placeholder value e.g.

    def foo(x, y, z=None):
        if z is None:
            fizzle2d(x, y)
            fizzle3d(x, y, z)


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