Reverse argument order

Bengt Richter bokr at
Sat Oct 20 23:53:52 CEST 2001

On Fri, 19 Oct 2001 14:59:19 -0700 (PDT), David Brady <daves_spam_dodging_account at> wrote:

>Thanks, everyone, for your answers.  Also, thanks to
>those of you that ways of asking if the question
>really needed to be asked.
>At the time I had posted, we had considered all of the
>non-answer answers that were posted here.  Most were
>rejected by the business half of the team, because
>they have a goal of reducing the keystroke count as
>much as possible.  They're already upset that the new
>scripting language has to have parentheses everywhere.
> :-)
>We considered using named arguments, but rejected them
>because even typing Wait(m=3,s=10) was judged to be
>too hard, let alone Wait(minutes=3, seconds=10). 
>Personally, I like this approach best, and I want to
>just write in the manual, "Look, you're going to have
>to learn to type, okay?"  But that's just me.
>We also considered using Wait(0,0,5) for a 5-second
>wait, but this was also shot down.
>One possible compromise was offered by the business
>half of the team, that they would be willing to type
>Wait(,,5), but *WE* shot that down on the grounds that
>it does not work.  (They were thinking it would
>evaluate to Wait(None,None,5) which could then have
>been turned into 0,0,5).
>We considered the string bit, but strings require
>We even considered modifying the Python source so that
>it would accept 00:00:00 as a token identifying a time
>type (that we would add).  This was discarded by
>everyone as WAY too much effort.  (Imagine getting the
>lexer to accept things like "while t < 1:05: pass")
>Anyway, thank you all again for your answers and help.
> This project is starting to shape up!
>P.S. We're going to go with the "while len(args)<3:
>args.insert(0,0)" model for now.  Much less sucky,
>yes, thanks!
Brute force, but clear:

 >>> def wait(first=None,second=None,third=None):
 ...     if third: h,m,s = first,second,third
 ...     elif second: h,m,s=0,first,second
 ...     elif first: h,m,s=0,0,first
 ...     else: h,m,s=0,0,0
 ...     print "h=%d, m=%d, s=%d" % (h,m,s) # or whatever you want to do
 >>> wait()
 h=0, m=0, s=0
 >>> wait(1)
 h=0, m=0, s=1
 >>> wait(1,2)
 h=0, m=1, s=2
 >>> wait(1,2,3)
 h=1, m=2, s=3

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