Section 6.12 Glossary
- chatterbox function
A function which interacts with the user (using
- composition (of functions)
Calling one function from within the body of another, or using the return value of one function as an argument to the call of another.
- dead code
Part of a program that can never be executed, often because it appears after a
- fruitful function
A function that yields a return value instead of
- incremental development
A program development plan intended to simplify debugging by adding and testing only a small amount of code at a time.
A special Python value. One use in Python is that it is returned by functions that do not execute a return statement with a return argument.
- return value
The value provided as the result of a function call.
Code that is used during program development to assist with development and debugging. The unit test code that we added in this chapter are examples of scaffolding.
- temporary variable
A variable used to store an intermediate value in a complex calculation.