*args and **kwargs

Diez B. Roggisch deets at nospam.web.de
Tue Jun 5 14:31:24 CEST 2007


JonathanB wrote:

> Ok, this is probably definitely a newbie question, but I have looked
> all over the Python library reference material and tutorials which I
> can find online and I cannot find a clear definition of what these are
> and more importantly how to use them. From what I can tell from their
> use in the examples I've seen, they are for passing a variable number
> of arguments to a function (which I need to do in a program I am
> working on). But how do you use them? Is there a fixed order in which
> the arguments within *arg or **kwarg should be passed or will be
> called within a function? I realize this probably involves a long-
> winded answer to a very simple and common programming problem, so if
> someone has a link to TFM, I'll gladly go RTFM. I just can't find it.

That's because it's in the language reference, not in the library reference.

http://docs.python.org/ref/calls.html

Diez



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