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Learning Python by Fabrizio Romano

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Input parameters

At the beginning of this chapter, we saw that a function can take input parameters. Before we delve into all possible type of parameters, let's make sure you have a clear understanding of what passing a parameter to a function means. There are three key points to keep in mind:

  • Argument passing is nothing more than assigning an object to a local variable name
  • Assigning an object to an argument name inside a function doesn't affect the caller
  • Changing a mutable object argument in a function affects the caller

Let's look at an example for each of these points.

Argument passing

Take a look at the following code. We declare a name x in the global scope, then we declare a function func(y) and we call it, passing x. I highlighted the call ...

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