[SciPy-Dev] usage of inspect.getargspec ?

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Fri Jan 6 09:42:10 CST 2012

On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 10:37 AM, Gael Varoquaux
<gael.varoquaux@normalesup.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 06, 2012 at 03:11:26PM +0000, Robert Kern wrote:
>> > My view is that simple things should be simple --- especially for the occasional user.
>> My main problem with this view is that I don't think that whether you
>> need a Hessian or not is the reasonable line to draw between "simple
>> things" and "not so simple things". The problem with using
>> getargspec() is that it is unreliable. It doesn't work for many
>> reasonable inputs (like say a wrapper function that wraps the real
>> function with one that takes *args,**kwds or extension functions or
>> bound methods or objects with __call__). Knowing that you have one of
>> these cases requires some rather deep experience with Python.

Just to illustrate the problem: a question with inspect by a stackoverflow user



> I feel like Robert.
> In addition, I have always disliked the magic that traits did on the
> number of arguments: I was always unsure of what was going on.
> Better explicit than implicit.
> My 2 euro-cents (kindly provided by the European Financial Stability
> Facility)
> Gaël
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