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What does the / mean in Python 3.4's help output for range before the closing parenthesis?

>>> help(range)
Help on class range in module builtins:

class range(object)
 |  range(stop) -> range object
 |  range(start, stop[, step]) -> range object
 |  Return a virtual sequence of numbers from start to stop by step.
 |  Methods defined here:
 |  __contains__(self, key, /)
 |      Return key in self.
 |  __eq__(self, value, /)
 |      Return self==value.




It signifies the end of the positional only parameters, parameters you cannot use as keyword parameters. Before Python 3.8, such parameters could only be specified in the C API.

It means the key argument to __contains__ can only be passed in by position (range(5).__contains__(3)), not as a keyword argument (range(5).__contains__(key=3)), something you can do with positional arguments in pure-python functions.

Also see the Argument Clinic documentation:

To mark all parameters as positional-only in Argument Clinic, add a / on a line by itself after the last parameter, indented the same as the parameter lines.

and the (very recent addition to) the Python FAQ:

A slash in the argument list of a function denotes that the parameters prior to it are positional-only. Positional-only parameters are the ones without an externally-usable name. Upon calling a function that accepts positional-only parameters, arguments are mapped to parameters based solely on their position.

The syntax is now part of the Python language specification, as of version 3.8, see PEP 570 – Python Positional-Only Parameters. Before PEP 570, the syntax was already reserved for possible future inclusion in Python, see PEP 457 - Syntax For Positional-Only Parameters.

Positional-only parameters can lead to cleaner and clearer APIs, make pure-Python implementations of otherwise C-only modules more consistent and easier to maintain, and because positional-only parameters require very little processing, they lead to faster Python code.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

This is how extension methods works in C#. The Extension Methods feature allowing you to extend existing types with custom methods. The this [TypeName] keyword in the context of method's parameters is the type that you want to extend with your custom methods, the this is used as a prefix, in your case, HtmlHelper is the type to extend and BeginForm is the method which should extend it.

Take a look at this simple extention method for the string type:

public static bool BiggerThan(this string theString, int minChars)
  return (theString.Length > minChars);

You can easily use it on string object:

var isBigger = "my string is bigger than 20 chars?".BiggerThan(20);


  • Well-documented reference would be: How to: Implement and Call a Custom Extension Method (C# Programming Guide)

  • More particular reference about Extention Methods in ASP.NET MVC would be: How To Create Custom MVC Extension Methods

Thursday, July 29, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

The reload built-in function has been moved to importlib module in Python 3.4:

In [18]: from importlib import reload

In [19]: reload?
Reload the module and return it.

The module must have been successfully imported before.

As pointed out by @JPaget in comments reload() function has been moved from imp to importlib module in Python 3.4+. From what's new in Python 3.4:

The reload() function has been moved from imp to importlib as part of the imp module deprecation

Thursday, August 12, 2021
answered 4 Months ago

It is shorthand for O(g(n) log^k g(n))

Thursday, August 12, 2021
answered 4 Months ago

use the following to convert to a timestamp in python 2


Sunday, August 22, 2021
answered 4 Months ago
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