We’ve generally written Python assignment statements that have only one thing to the left of the
= sign. But you can write more complex assignments that unpack the values on the right-hand side.
Here’s an example from
At the line marked
XXX, we name the result of
split—which should be a tuple of lists. We save this tuple as
ls and then then index it below. We can use unpacking to simplify things:
Notice how much more concise and clear the code is! Unpacking is a great way to simplify your code. You can do fancier things, too:
* is a bit like
*args—it captures “everything else” as a list. You can only put one star in any unpacking statement.