Q about tail recursion

François Pinard pinard at iro.umontreal.ca
Sun Feb 27 15:51:06 CET 2000


Robin Becker <robin at jessikat.demon.co.uk> writes:

> I quite often want to use None as an exceptional return eg in the case of a
> list returning function [] might be a legal return and None an illegal one.

Yes, `None' is a Python natural for a "missing" result, and there are many
cases where such are usefully represented and handled.

> That way I can leave the error handling to the caller. I guess I should
> really be raising an exception though to be truly pythonian.

That might become too heavy (and probably slow), as "missing" is ubiquitous
when handling statistical or experimental data, for example.

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