Please provide a better explanation of tuples and dictionaries

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Wed Jan 30 04:11:07 CET 2013

On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM, Daniel W. Rouse Jr.
<dwrousejr at nethere.comnospam> wrote:
> I am currently using "Learning Python" by Mark Lutz and David Ascher,
> published by O'Reilly (ISBN 1-56592-464-9)--but I find the explanations
> insufficient and the number of examples to be sparse. I do understand some
> ANSI C programming in addition to Python (and the book often wanders off
> into a comparison of C and Python in its numerous footnotes), but I need a
> better real-world example of how tuples and dictionaries are being used in
> actual Python code.

Have you checked out the online documentation at ? That might have what you're looking for.

By the way, you may want to consider learning and using Python 3.3
instead of the older branch 2.7; new features are only being added to
the 3.x branch now, with 2.7 getting bugfixes and such for a couple of
years, but ultimately it's not going anywhere. Obviously if you're
supporting existing code, you'll need to learn the language that it
was written in, but if this is all new code, go with the recent


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