Is it possible to have overloaded functions in Python? In C# I would do something like
void myfunction (int first, string second)
void myfunction (int first, string second , float third)
//some different code
// This maybe a little off, I haven't coded C# in a couple years
EDIT For the new single dispatch generic functions in Python 3.4, see http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0443/
You generally don't need to overload functions in Python. Python is dynamically typed, and supports optional arguments to functions.
def myfunction(first, second, third = None): if third is None: #just use first and second else: #use all three myfunction(1, 2) # third will be None, so enter the 'if' clause myfunction(3, 4, 5) # third isn't None, it's 5, so enter the 'else' clause