Please provide a better explanation of tuples and dictionaries

Mitya Sirenef msirenef at
Wed Jan 30 04:51:40 CET 2013

On 01/29/2013 09:55 PM, Daniel W. Rouse Jr. wrote:
> Hi all,
 > I have recently started learning Python (2.7.3) but need a better 
explanation of how to use tuples and dictionaries.
 > 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.
 > Any recommendations of a better book that doesn't try to write such 
compact and clever code for a learning book? Or, can an anyone provide 
an example of more than a three-line example of a tuple or dictionary?
 > The purpose of my learning Python in this case is not for enterprise 
level or web-based application level testing at this point. I initially 
intend to use it for Software QA Test Automation purposes.
 > Thanks in advance for any replies.

It's not finished yet, but you may find my text-movie tutorial on
dicts useful:


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