Newbie question about formatting long conditionals

James Henderson james at logicalprogression.net
Wed Jul 28 23:55:51 CEST 2004


Barney Frank wrote:

>     	I am writing my first application using Python, and there are a 
> couple points in code at which I need a fairly complex if-else block.  
> I've discovered that you can nest compound conditions in parentheses, but 
> I haven't found a way to break a really complex if condition up into 
> multiple lines.  
> 
>     	For example, take this little fake snippet:
> 
> #############
> a = 1
> b = 2
> c = 3
> d = 4
> 
> if a == 1 and b < 4 and (c == 2 or d == 4):
>     print "Conditions met!"
> #############
> 
> 
> 
>     	... if the "if" condition gets too long and unweildy for a single 
> line, is there any way to format it along these lines?:

Put the whole condition in parentheses:

if (a == 1 and
     b < 4 and
     etc.):

HTH,
James





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