Classes and the command line

Seymore4Head Seymore4Head at Hotmail.invalid
Mon Oct 27 04:32:08 CET 2014

On Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:06:11 +1100, Ben Finney
<ben+python at> wrote:

>Seymore4Head <Seymore4Head at Hotmail.invalid> writes:
>> I am trying to learn classes.
>> I am currently using Python 2.7 at the command line.
>(I think you mean “the interactive Python interpreter”, or just “the
>Python shell”.)
>Since you are learning Python, I will strongly recommend you ignore
>Python 2 unless it becomes unavoidable.
At the moment, it is unavoidable.  The instructors are teaching Python
2 so I have to learn Python 2, for now.

>Instead, learn Python 3 primarily; it is much better because it omits a
>bunch of legacy behaviour you don't need.
>> If you try to type commands at the [interactive shell] and make the
>> slightest mistake you have to start over.
>Right. There is line-by-line history, and editing enabled with the
>“readline” plug-in. (This is an advantage of using a programmer-friendly
>operating system, which MS Windows sadly is not.)
>> I was trying to copy and paste these instructions into the
>> [interactive Python shell].
>> >>> class Foo:
>> ...     def setx(self, x):
>> ...         self.x = x
>> ...     def bar(self):
>> ...         print self.x
>> There is really no way to do that without pasting line by line is
>> there and adding deleting spaces?  And if you use spaces and tabs,
>> they are not the same.
>Right on all counts.
>The interactive Python shell is good for very quickly experimenting and
>demonstrating how Python actually behaves, statement by statement. But
>as you point out, it is not a good choice for anything more complex. It
>is a good learning and debugging tool.
>When you start to write larger units of code, like a class or a
>function, you can trade immediacy for flexibility: write your code into
>a text editor, save it to a file ‘’, then run that code at a
>separate OS command prompt by invoking ‘python’ in the terminal.
>That way, you can continue to adjust and tweak the code as you learn how
>your changes affect the code. You do need to keep invoking the actions
>separately – edit the file, save the file, run the file with Python –
>but this is what's needed when you want to run a program more than once
>anyway, so it's a good step to take.
>Find a good, *general-purpose* programmer's editor. Preferably licensed
>under free software terms, with a strong community supporting it, and
>available on all major platforms for when you switch to a decent
>programmer-friendly operating system.

I am actually using Notepad some too.


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