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Python Default Parameters Tripped Me Up

As we might use default parameters in python functions, such as

def func(inp = []):
    return inp

this might cause trouble. Since python functions are objects of a certain identity no matter how many times you run it, the input inp would be changed with each run.

The better strategy is to use None.

def func(inp = None):

    if inp is None:
       inp = []

    return inp

For references, please read: Default Parameter Values in Python.

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