Implementing Partials in Python

A colleague of mine was wistfully pining for Haskell-style currying in Python. This sounded like an interesting syntactic feature, so I decided to see if I could toss together something that would at least emulate the behavior of returning functions when a function is called with too few arguments. I've always admired the flexibility of python, so it seemed like an interesting challenge to prove that.

Using a decorator seemed like a bit of a copout due to the additional syntax required, but was otherwise ideal, as it made checking arguments fairly trivial.

def partial(f):
    def wrapper(*args, **kwargs):
            return f(*args, **kwargs)
        except TypeError, t:
            return lambda *_args,**_kwargs:f(*(args+_args), **(dict(kwargs.items()+_kwargs.items())))
    return wrapper

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A Simple Stack Overflow-Style Badge Framework for PHP

badgesI'm pretty infatuated with Stack Overflow's badge system, so I decided to cook up a generic framework for adding one to my crossword site. Herein I will present my work in progress for the consumption of my dear readers.

The storage of these badge-awarding rules seemed interesting to me. It'd have to be flexible enough to take data from any part of the site related to a user, and not be a hassle to add new badges or check a user's list of acquired badges. I haven't put the caching in yet, which would form the basis for making awarded badges permanent, instead of calculated on the fly, but it's still pretty fun to work with.

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