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Yes, that sucks. It's not much extra typing:

def function(x, y, z):

versus

sub function { my ($x, $y, $x) = @_; }

The overhead is only really the 'my = @_;' chars, but it is annoying. On the other hand, it does allow you to do things like partially unpack args and pass the rest as a bundle to a super class.




You can partially unpack in Python too:

  def method(self, *args):
    a, b = args[:2]
    super(self).method(*args[:2])
Perl's lack of using the definition for the variables doesn't necessarily make it 'more powerful.'


Python's approach is very reasonable. Both Perl and Python are nicer than C varargs.




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