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Type Checking in Python

April 15, 2020 by Mike
Type checking or hinting is a newer feature of Python that was added in Python 3.5. Type hinting is also known as type annotation. Type hinting is adding special syntax to functions and variable declarations that tell the developer what type the argument or variable is. Python does not enforce the type hints. You can […]

Python 101 - Learning About Dictionaries

March 31, 2020 by Mike
Dictionaries are another fundamental data type in Python. A dictionary is a key, value pair. Some programming languages refer to them as hash tables. They are described as a mapping object that maps hashable values to arbitrary objects. A dictionary's keys must be immutable, that is, unable to change. Starting in Python 3.7, dictionaries are […]

Python 101 - Learning About Tuples

March 26, 2020 by Mike
Tuples are another sequence type in Python. Tuples consist of a number of values that are separated by commas. A tuple is immutable whereas a list is not. Immutable means that the tuple has a fixed value and cannot change. You cannot add, delete or modify items in a tuple. Immutable objects are useful when […]

Python 101: Learning About Lists

March 10, 2020 by Mike
Lists are a fundamental data type in the Python programming language. A list is a mutable sequence that is typically a collection of homogeneous items. Mutable means that you can change a list after its creation. You will frequently see lists that contain other lists. These are known as nested lists. You will also see […]

Python 101: Equality vs Identity

February 28, 2017 by Mike
People who are new to the Python programming language can get a bit confused about the difference between "==" (equality) and Python's keyword "is" (identity). I have even seen experienced programmers who will find the difference subtle enough that they will introduce logic errors in their code do to a misunderstanding between the two. In […]

Python 101: Introspection

October 14, 2010 by Mike
Whether you're new to Python, been using it for a few years or you're an expert, knowing how to use Python's introspection capabilities can help your understanding of your code and that new package you just downloaded with the crappy documentation. Introspection is a fancy word that means to observe oneself and ponder one's thoughts, […]
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