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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:03 PM
Been working my way through this (always wanted to learn Python, and now I have some time). Something in the code on page 177 is interesting.
The "get_coach_data" returns "None" when there's not a file there - but the main body of the code continues on after display the 'File error..' message as it tries to 'pop' the data off the list that wasn't returned.
I put in some code to get around this - by trial and error I found that if I checked if the str(sarah) was 'None' then skip the 'pop' and the 'print'. I tried some snappy code to see if I could find out what 'None' was - I looked at type(sarah) (NoneType) and also checked to see if the len(Sarah) was zero. The best way I saw of doing it was to string(Sarah) and see if it was text 'None'.
There's got to be a better way... I'll read on... but, what's the better way (go ahead .. tell me how it comes out).
Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:37 AM
You can use a check like this:
if sarah is None: # do something else: # do something else
The value of None in Python is known as null, nil or undefined in other programming languages. It's basically a "nothing" value.
The code in this example could be improved (as you have deduced). The get_coach_data() function can return one of two values, and the calling code really should check for this (but doesn't in this example).
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