spaces and arguements..

Alex Martelli aleaxit at
Fri Jun 1 15:47:25 EDT 2001

"John" <john.thai at> wrote in message
news:3UPR6.243439$Z2.2750797 at
> Hi,
>     Am I mistaken or is there a way to invoke a method with arguements
> are separated by spaces instead of in brackets?  Much like print x, y ?
> So if I had a method foo(x) can I call foo x ?

No.  The ability (and sometimes necessity) to avoid parentheses in
calls _used to be_ a hallmark of Visual Basic, not Python.

*Used to* because, moving from VB6 to VB7 aka VB.NET, Microsoft
has introduced many incompatible changes in Visual Basic, the
main ones being:

a. no more default properties on objects and set/let distinction
    in assignment
b. all calls now require parentheses ()
c. and/or now short-circuit
d. addition of += &c
e. passing by value now default
f. optional arguments must now have defaults
g. added "return value" statement
h. arrays now always start indexing from 0, no more
    fancy non-0-starting indices
i. array-assignment gives assignment of *reference* to
    shared array-object -- you call an explicit method to
    copy the array if you want a copy instead
j. no more automatic conversion between numbers and
k. no more fixed-length string variables
l. Default True is 1, not -1 any more
m. generic type isn't Variant any more -- it's Object,
    which is now a *reference* to any kind of data
n. try/catch & finally rather than 'onerror'

Interestingly enough, each one of these decisions takes
VB closer to Python in syntax and/or semantics...:-).


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