[Python-ideas] Addition to operator module: starcaller

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 11:20:38 EDT 2016

On 22 July 2016 at 00:19, Emanuel Barry <vgr255 at live.ca> wrote:
> Hello,
> You’re presumably doing something like ‘star = starcaller(f); star((“foo”,
> “bar”, “baz”))’ – how is it different from ‘f(*(“foo”, “bar”, “baz”))’ ? I
> don’t see any difference…

Similar to functools.partial, it lets you more easily separate the
process of changing a function's signature from actually calling it.


    def f(a, b):
        print(a, b)

    accepts_only_b = functools.partial(f, "predefined_a")
    accepts_args_as_tuple = operator.starcaller(f)

>From the point of view of subsequent code, "args_as_tuple" now works
as a callable that accepts a 2-tuple and prints the elements.

However, the similarity to partial does make me wonder whether we
might be better off resurrecting the old apply() builtin as a
functools function:

Then the requested operation would just be:

    accepts_args_as_tuple = functools.partial(functools.apply, f)

(with the added bonus of also accepting an optional keyword dict)


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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