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Contact Instant Python This is a minimal crash-course in the programming language Python. To learn more, take a look at the documentation at the Python web site, www. If you wonder why you should be interested, check out the comparison page where Python is compared to other languages.
This introduction has been translated into several languages, among them PortugueseItalianSpanishRussianFrenchLithuanianJapaneseGerman and Greekand is currently being translated into Norwegian, Polish, and Korean.
Since this document still might undergo changes, these translations may not always be up to date. To get the examples working properly, write the programs in a text file and then run that with the interpreter; do not try to run them directly in the interactive interpreter - not all of them will work.
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The Basics To begin with, think of Python as pseudo-code. You can assign several variables at once: Some common control structures are: The index variable given in the for loop iterates through the elements of a list written as in the example. Print out the values from 0 to 99 inclusive. Okay; now you know enough to in theory implement any algorithm in Python.
To get input from the user from a text promptuse the builtin function input. In this case we were expecting a number — if something else like a string is entered, the program would crash. To avoid that we would need some error checking.
If you wanted to convert the input string s to an integer, you could then use int s. If you want to input a string with input, the user has to write the quotes explicitly. In Python, strings can be enclosed in either single or double quotes.
So, we have control structures, input and output covered — now we need some snazzy data structures.
The most important ones are lists and dictionaries. Lists are written with brackets, and can naturally be nested: Indexing is done as in many other languages by appending the index in brackets to the list.
Note that the first element has index 0. If one of the indices is dropped, it is assumed that you want everything in that direction. Now, then — what about dictionaries? To put it simply, they are like lists, only their contents are not ordered.
How do you index them then? A couple of example dictionaries: If we wanted to change his last name, we could write: Like lists, dictionaries can hold other dictionaries. Or lists, for that matter.
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