advice on this little script

James Stroud jstroud at
Thu Mar 9 05:14:06 CET 2006

John Salerno wrote:
> My first project when I started learning C# was to make a little timer 
> to tell me when my laundry was done :) and I thought it would be fun to 
> convert this to Python. Here's what I came up with after much struggling 
> with the Timer class from the threading module -- as you can see, I 
> abandoned it for the sleep() function from timer.
> Please let me know if this is a good (i.e. Pythonic) way of doing this, 
> and if it can be improved (although I don't need anything fancier than 
> this basic functionality).
> ---------------------
> from time import sleep
> minutes = input('Enter the number of minutes to wait: ')
> for x in range(minutes):
>     sleep(1.0)
>     minutes -= 1
>     print minutes, 'minutes remaining.'
> ---------------------

Very nice, but maybe


This corrects for the number of seconds in a minute.


James Stroud
UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics
Box 951570
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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