Pass and return

Mitya Sirenef msirenef at
Fri Dec 21 18:15:36 CET 2012

On 12/21/2012 03:52 AM, Duncan Booth wrote:
> Mitya Sirenef <msirenef at> wrote:
>> On 12/21/2012 12:23 AM, iMath wrote:
>>> Pass and return
>>> Are these two functions the same ?
>>> def test():
>>>       return
>>> def test():
>>>       pass
>>   From the point of style, of course, the latter is
>> much better because that's the idiomatic way
>> to define a no-op function. With a return, it
>> looks like you might have forgotten to add the
>> value to return or deleted it by mistake.
> I would say it is *an* idiomatic way to define a no-op function.
> Another idiomatic way is to use a doc-string as the only body,
> that way you can also explain why you feel the need for an empty
> function.

That's true, a docstring is preferable in many cases.  -m

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