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Arguments and Return Values 2 [ID:922] (4/6)

in series: Python Beginners - Functions

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Passing arguments in to a function and returning values is the usual way that we pass data around for processing. Here we look at a few ways of getting data into and out of our function. We also look at a common error that will save you from making the same mistake.

# Arguments and Return Values 2 using Python 2.5
# 2008/10/22

def passing_arguments(name_age, some_nbrs):
    """argument passing examples."""
    name_age = (name, age)
    print name, age, some_nbrs
    #return name, age, some_nbrs

name = 'ian'
age = 32
some_nbrs = set([5,6,7])
passing_arguments((name, age), some_nbrs)

#details = passing_arguments((name, age), some_nbrs)
#print details
#print len(details)
#print details[0]

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wow, good stuff. This makes C++ look like totalitarian ruler because of its strictness.

great stuff, haven't seen the video on tubles so a little confuseing why the return statement knew to create a tuble

again -very good. Clear and well explained

great as always.

Combining multiple variables into a tuple to be passed as an argument to a function call.

Is that correct?

Well explained but a little confusing (for me anyway) I will read, experiment and watch again and hopefully it will become clear.


Although this video was useful, I think it would help to illustrate the concept better if a more concrete/practical example was given for how and why to pass arguments/tuples.

these are very helpful.....Why does the comment box cover the text and how do I get rid of it.


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