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How to implement "positional-only parameter" in a user defined function?

asked 2018-10-16 11:23:40 +0100

damodar gravatar image

updated 2018-10-16 13:34:57 +0100

def fun( a, b, /): print(a,b)

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File "<ipython-input-36-1fceb840aeb9>", line 1 def fun( a, b, /): ^ SyntaxError: invalid syntax

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answered 2018-10-16 12:20:28 +0100

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I am not sure to understand your question, but does the following inspire you ?

sage: def fun( a, b, c=None): 
....:     print(a,b)
sage: fun(2,3)
(2, 3)
sage: fun(2,3,4)
(2, 3)

or even

sage: def fun( a, b, *args): 
....:     print(a,b)
sage: fun(2,3)
(2, 3)
sage: fun(2,3,4)
(2, 3)
sage: fun(2,3,4,5)
(2, 3)
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damodar gravatar imagedamodar ( 2018-10-16 13:10:12 +0100 )edit

help(pow)

o/p:
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Help on built-in function pow in module builtins:

pow(x, y, z=None, /)
Equivalent to x**y (with two arguments) or x**y % z (with three arguments)

Some types, such as ints, are able to use a more efficient algorithm when
invoked using the three argument form.

I want to know can we write a user defined function like pow (), which has positional only parameter.

damodar gravatar imagedamodar ( 2018-10-16 13:16:38 +0100 )edit

Examples:

 def fun( a, b): 
        print(a**b)
 fun(a=5, b=2)   # 25
 fun(b=2,a=5)    # 25
 fun(5,2)        # 25




 def fun( a, b, /): 
        print(a**b)
 fun(5,2)        # 25
 fun(a=5, b=2)   # should show error
damodar gravatar imagedamodar ( 2018-10-16 13:30:20 +0100 )edit
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answered 2018-10-16 19:29:57 +0100

damodar gravatar image

ok i got it . Those are built-in functions (builtin_function_or_method), not user-defined functions (function). They are implemented in C, into python library. These functions are not exposed at the Python level.

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