# Another newbie question from Nathan.

Nathan Pinno falcon3166 at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 9 21:31:08 CEST 2005

```  Hi all,

How do I make Python get a def? Is it the "get" function, or something
else? I need to know so that I can get a def for that computer
MasterMind(tm) game that I'm writing.

BTW, I took your advice, and wrote some definitions for my Giant
Calculator program. Might make the code easier to read, but harder to code
because I have to keep going to the top to read the menu. Not that fun, but
necessary for a smooth program, I guess.

Nathan Pinno

"Steven D'Aprano" <steve at REMOVETHIScyber.com.au> wrote in message
news:pan.2005.07.03.02.30.28.82992 at REMOVETHIScyber.com.au...
> On Sat, 02 Jul 2005 00:25:00 -0600, Nathan Pinno wrote:
>>   Hi all.
>>   How do I make the computer generate 4 random numbers for the guess? I
want
>> to know because I'm writing a computer program in Python like the game
>> MasterMind.
> First you get the computer to generate one random number. Then you do it
> again three more times.
> If you only need to do it once, you could do it this way:
> import random  # you need this at the top of your program
> x0 = random.random()
> x1 = random.random()
> x2 = random.random()
> x3 = random.random()
> But if you need to do it more than once, best to create a function that
> returns four random numbers in one go.
> def four_random():
>    """Returns a list of four random numbers."""
>    for i in range(4):
>        L.append(random.random())
>    return L
> and use it this way:
> rand_nums = four_random()
> # rand_nums is a list of four numbers
> print rand_nums[0]  # prints the first random number
> print rand_nums[3]  # prints the last one
> or like this:
> alpha, beta, gamma, delta = four_random()
> # four names for four separate numbers
> Steven.
> http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-list

--

----------------------------------------------------------------
Posted via UsenetRevolution.com - Revolutionary Usenet