Simple newbie question about parameters handling in functions (or am I dump or what?)

Nuff Said nuffsaid at
Tue Feb 10 11:53:39 CET 2004

On Tue, 10 Feb 2004 10:20:11 +0000, Niki Iv wrote:

> I am totaly new to Python, although I have quite strong developer
> background. Indeed I am evaluating Python to integrate it (Jython) in
> my Java apps... 
> Well this is my first Python day. I am tampering with functions. I
> read that parameters are passed by-value rather than by-reference. So
> function can change wathever parameters reffers to. My troube (well my
> presonal not understanding comes from this)

Observe that there are mutable and immutable objects in Python and that
the *value* in Python's 'call by value' is always an *object reference*.
The following excerpt from the Python tutorial describes this:

  The actual parameters (arguments) to a function call are 
  introduced in the local symbol table of the called function 
  when it is called; thus, arguments are passed using call by
  value (where the value is always an object reference, not the
  value of the object).

  (Actually, 'call by object reference' would be a better description,
  since if a mutable object is passed, the caller will see any changes 
  the callee makes to it (items inserted into a list).)


HTH / Nuff

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