Looking for the best way to translate an idiom

James Stroud jstroud at mbi.ucla.edu
Mon Dec 15 00:42:18 CET 2008

Paul Moore wrote:
> I'm translating some code from another language (Lua) which has
> multiple function return values. So, In Lua, it's possible to define a
> function
>     function f()
>         return 1,2,3
>     end
> which returns 3 values. These can then be used/assigned by the caller:
>     a,b,c = f()
> So far, much like Python, but the key difference is that in Lua,
> excess arguments are ignored - so you can do

py> class mytuple(tuple):
   def magic(self, astr):
     names = astr.split()
     for name, val in zip(names, self):
       globals()[name] = val
py> t = mytuple((1,2,3))
py> t.magic('a b')
py> a
py> b


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