Classes and the command line

Seymore4Head Seymore4Head at Hotmail.invalid
Mon Oct 27 14:34:48 CET 2014

On Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:32:08 -0400, Seymore4Head
<Seymore4Head at Hotmail.invalid> wrote:

>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.

I meant Notepad ++

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