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Python args and kwargs: Demystified (Summary)


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tsusadivyago on Jan. 8, 2020

We learn python basic properly in this site :)

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Mallesham Yamulla on Jan. 13, 2020

Many Thanks for this video turorial, it’ a great refresher for args and kwargs.

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Pygator on Jan. 18, 2020

Really liked the list merging and dictionary merging examples!

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ColmC on Jan. 18, 2020

Very handy. Thanks!

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alanhrosenthal on Feb. 3, 2020

very good!

Suggestion - maybe add how to pass arguments from the command line including variable numbers of args from the command line.

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Geir Arne Hjelle RP Team on Feb. 3, 2020

Alan, thanks for the suggestion.

We actually have a full article coming out on Wednesday on the topic of command line arguments!

You should be able to see it already in your membership preview: click your profile picture, then notifications. Scroll down to find Python Command Line Arguments

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mohammedayub44 on Feb. 25, 2020

No hard-coded values ever in my scripts again ! Nice tricks with just one operator. It would be good to explain runtime complexity as well when using such iterables.

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Eriberto on March 13, 2020

Any more practical use-cases for these examples? Just re learning these things again.

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pshapard on April 8, 2020

Rich, thanks for the video course. I understand what’s going on the args and kwargs. What if you have a simple function like the below. How would implement args to this function.

def get_auth_token(): login = LoginCreds(ip, api, username, password) try: auth = login.LoginToken(ip, api, username, password) return auth except ConnectionError as e:“Could not connect to host”) sys.exit(0)

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pshapard on April 8, 2020

regarding my last post. I have written scripts using the requests module extensively. The responses are large json the jsons are a dictionary of dictionaries. I parse those to get certain information, such as,

permittedInterconnectTypeUri = [‘/rest/interconnect-types/ce3381c9-c948-4c71-946a-8893163ae4a6’] networkUris = [‘/rest/fc-networks/0b20f7fc-370d-4163-b8a6-dc06442f6657’]

These URI need to be placed in a json payload to send to the appliance.

How would i use args and *kwargs in this scenario.

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Mark on June 14, 2020


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mahlenius on July 16, 2020

THanks, now I understand these C-like symbols I have seen in argument lists of other code.

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mortenelund on July 20, 2020

I needed an update on this and I have not seen any better! Thanks!

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Agil C on Aug. 1, 2020

Thanks, very useful..!

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Danadasa Chan on July 7, 2023

Thank you for this tutorial. Very helpful.

I do have a question. On slide 14, you stated:

“5. ** can only be used on dictionaries”

and in the concatenate example, the function says:

def concatenate(**kwargs):

and the function call says:

concatenate(a="Real", b="Python", c="is", d="great!")

The input argument is not a dictionary, rather these are named arguments.

Can you please clarify?

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Bartosz Zaczyński RP Team on July 7, 2023

@Danadasa Chan The double star operator (**) has a double meaning in Python, depending on where you use it:

  1. You can mark a formal parameter in a function with ** to indicate that any further named parameters will be gathered into a dictionary, typically named kwargs to mean keyword arguments.
  2. When calling a function that expects keyword arguments, you can unpack an existing dictionary into key-value pairs.

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