PowerShell Anonymous Functions

Functions defined without a name are called Anonymous Functions because they are not declared by the standard approach by using the keyworddef in Python or keyword function in PowerShell.

An anonymous function in PowerShell can be implemented by defining a script block which can access the arguments passed to the script block using the automatic variable and$args can evaluate an expression depending upon arguments supplied during the function call. To know more about Script blocks and automatic variable read the help documentation of these in PowerShell:

Get-Help About_Script_Blocks
Get-Help About_Automatic_Variables

Assign the script block to a variable, and now this variable can be treated as a PowerShell function or in other words you can call them anonymous function because it doesn’t have a name by which it can be referred or called. In order to call this anonymous function, you have to use the call operator ( & ) followed by the variable name that stores the script block and you can also pass the arguments to the parameters separated by spaces like in the following code sample which will evaluate the expression inside the code block and return results:

Anonymous Function

PowerShell also has a second approach that allows you to define named parameters using the param() statement inside the script block, like in the following example:

Anonymous Function

There is a third approach which utilizes the PowerShell Type Accelerator: [ScriptBlock] to defines a script block using the static method create()

Anonymous Function

Python Anonymous Function or Lambda Function

In Python, you can use the keyword lambda to create small anonymous functions that can have multiple arguments and an expression that is evaluated in a single statement on basis of the arguments passed. And because of the keyword: lambda it is also called as Lambda Functions.

The syntax of lambda function in Python:
lambda [arg1 [,arg2,.....argn]]: expression

Just like we did in PowerShell we define the arguments in PowerShell script block, similarly, we then use these arguments in the expression to return a value in Python Lambda functions.


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