parameter name conflict. How to solve?

Delaney, Timothy C (Timothy) tdelaney at avaya.com
Wed Mar 9 00:08:21 CET 2005


Bo Peng wrote:

>> Is this a style guide thing?
>> 
>> Why not just:
>> 
>> def func(output_param=''):
>>     output(output=output_param)
>> 
> 
> This is exactly the problem. There are a bunch of other functions that
> use output='' parameter. Changing parameter name for this single
> function may cause confusion.

So why not rename the `output` function? Or alternatively, you could
change the parameter name for everything (not recommended).

I can assure you that when someone goes to maintain this code, having a
function go through all kinds of schenanigans to support what you want
to do will be much more confusing than a different parameter name.

Tim Delaney



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