Variable and Value
- A variable is a memory location where a programmer can store a value. Example : roll_no, amount, name etc.
- Value is either string, numeric etc. Example : "Sara", 120, 25.36
- Variables are created when first assigned.
- Variables must be assigned before being referenced.
- The value stored in a variable can be accessed or updated later.
- No declaration required
- The type (string, int, float etc.) of the variable is determined by Python
- The interpreter allocates memory on the basis of the data type of a variable.
Python Variable Name Rules
- Must begin with a letter (a - z, A - B) or underscore (_)
- Other characters can be letters, numbers or _
- Case Sensitive
- Can be any (reasonable) length
- There are some reserved words which you cannot use as a variable name because Python uses them for other things.
Good Variable Name
- Choose meaningful name instead of short name. roll_no is better than rn.
- Maintain the length of a variable name. Roll_no_of_a-student is too long?
- Be consistent; roll_no or RollNo
- Begin a variable name with an underscore(_) character for a special case.
Python Assignment Statements
The assignment statement creates new variables and gives them values. Basic assignment statement in Python is :
<variable> = <expr>
Where the equal sign (=) is used to assign value (right side) to a variable name (left side). See the following statements :
>>> Item_name = "Computer" #A String >>> Item_qty = 10 #An Integer >>> Item_value = 1000.23 #A floating point >>> print(Item_name) Computer >>> print(Item_qty) 10 >>> print(Item_value) 1000.23 >>>
One thing is important, assignment statement read right to left only.
a = 12 is correct, but 12 = a does not make sense to Python, which creates a syntax error. Check it in Python Shell.
>>> a = 12 >>> 12 = a SyntaxError: can't assign to literal >>>
The basic assignment statement works for a single variable and a single expression. You can also assign a single value to more than one variables simultaneously.
var1=var2=var3...varn= = <expr>
x = y = z = 1
Now check the individual value in Python Shell.
>>> x = y = z = 1 >>> print(x) 1 >>> print(y) 1 >>> print(z) 1 >>>
Here is an another assignment statement where the variables assign many values at the same time.
<var>, <var>, ..., <var> = <expr>, <expr>, ..., <expr>
x, y, z = 1, 2, "abcd"
In the above example x, y and z simultaneously get the new values 1, 2 and "abcd".
>>> x,y,z = 1,2,"abcd" >>> print(x) 1 >>> print(y) 2 >>> print(z) abcd
You can reuse variable names by simply assigning a new value to them :
>>> x = 100 >>> print(x) 100 >>> x = "Python" >>> print(x) Python >>>
Other ways to define value
>>> five_millions = 5_000_000 >>> five_millions
>>> small_int = .35 >>> small_int
>>> c_thousand = 10e3 >>> c_thousand
Python swap values in a single line and this applies to all objects in python.
var1, var2 = var2, var1
>>> x = 10 >>> y = 20 >>> print(x) 10 >>> print(y) 20 >>> x, y = y, x >>> print(x) 20 >>> print(y) 10 >>>
Local and global variables in Python
In Python, variables that are only referenced inside a function are implicitly global. If a variable is assigned a value anywhere within the function’s body, it’s assumed to be a local unless explicitly declared as global.
var1 = "Python" def func1(): var1 = "PHP" print("In side func1() var1 = ",var1) def func2(): print("In side func2() var1 = ",var1) func1() func2()
In side func1() var1 = PHP In side func2() var1 = Python
You can use a global variable in other functions by declaring it as global keyword :
def func1(): global var1 var1 = "PHP" print("In side func1() var1 = ",var1) def func2(): print("In side func2() var1 = ",var1) func1() func2()
In side func1() var1 = PHP In side func2() var1 = PHP
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For-else construct useful when searched for something and find it:
# For example assume that I need to search through a list and process each item until a flag item is found and # then stop processing. If the flag item is missing then an exception needs to be raised. for i in mylist: if i == theflag: break process(i) else: raise ValueError("List argument missing terminal flag.")
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