Getting around immutable default arguments for recursion
denis.papathanasiou at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 23:11:43 CET 2009
I wrote this function to retrieve a list of items from a dictionary.
The first time it was called, it worked properly.
But every subsequent call returned the results of the prior call, plus
the results of the current call.
I was confused until I read in the docs that default arguments are
Is there any way around this, to be able to write recursive functions
with default arguments?
Here's the code:
def get_prior_versions (item_id, priors=):
"""Return a list of all prior item ids starting with this one"""
global history_db # key = item id, value = prior item id
prior_id = history_db[item_id]
if not prior_id:
return get_prior_versions(prior_id, priors)
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