Python Resources

Updated on July 16  2014

Python Class Notes

Deborah R. Fowler

Python Notes

Updated on April 27  2013

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Continuing concepts on Python (for introductory concepts see Turtle Graphics section)
Note: This page was created specifically for VSFX 705 Spring 2013.

So far we have covered variable, truth statements (selection), looping and functions. Next we'll look at lists, file i/o and finally oop.
These examples are taken from various web sources listed on the Python Resources page and are used only for in-class exercises.

Console I/O

name = raw_input("What is your name?")         #   raw_input  - input a string from the keyboard
print "Hi " + name + "! How are you?"              #   strings are concatenated with +
print "My name is ", name                                  #   can also use , to print beside

number = input("Input a number ")                    #   input is used to input numeric values

Exercises to try: (answer key here)


Delimited by double quotes “    Special characters \n is a newline \t is a tab.To print them use a backslash. Multi-line print is enclose in three double quotes “””…”””.

print "To print a newline use \\n"

print "So for \nexample"

print "\t we can indent too"

print """






Exercise to try:

\  |  /

0         0




String operators

a = b + c                                concatenate

a = b * c                                b repeated c times

a[0]                                        first character of a

len(a)                                    number of characters in a

Exercise to try:
Write a program that prints a word in a rectangle using + and *

ie.        hello     hello     hello    hello

            hello                             hello

            hello                             hello

            hello     hello     hello    hello


cards = [“ace”, “king”, “queen”]   
defines a list
cards[0] is “ace” elements are accessed via subscripts
cards[0] = “spot” You can assign to a list
cards.append(“more”) You can append to the end of a list
cards = [“well isn’t this fancy”,”yes”] + cards You can add to the beginning
del cards[3]   delete an element by index number
cards.remove(“queen”)  delete by value using remove


insert an element as this position

len(cards) length
max and min
newsomething = cards[:]

a new copy

reverse() and sort()

Can use for statements with lists (in fact you have used this)

for card in cards:    
    print card;

Dictionaries - lists whose indices are numbers and strings

Try hangman (this from

File I/O

file = open(“outputFile.txt”,”a”)                              # open for appending

file = open("someAsciiFile.txt","r")                        # open for reading

file = open(“outputFile.txt”,”w”)                             # open for writing

file.close()                                                                   # close the file

text = file.readlines()                                                 # read all lines into a list called text

line = file.readline()                                                   # read next line into a string called line

file.writelines(text)                                                    # write list to file

file.write(line)                                                             # write one line to file

For example:


file = open("someAsciiFile.txt","r")

text = file.readlines()



for line in text:

    print line


If your file is huge, use the following instead


#!/usr/bin/env python
# Program to read and print a file
file = open("alice.txt","r")
line = file.readline()

while line:
    print line,
    line = file.readline()


Adding some error checking:

#!/usr/bin/env python
# Program to read and print a file
import sys

    file = open("sample.txt","r")
except IOError:
    print "Could not open file"

text = file.readlines()

for line in text:
    print line,

OOP - see next set of notes