Hey, I'm new to python so don't judge.
tjreedy at udel.edu
Wed Jan 4 01:21:54 EST 2017
On 1/3/2017 10:15 PM, Dennis Lee Bieber wrote:
> And that statement tells us you are trying to run from within some
> IDE/editor which is trapping Python exceptions and producing a dialog
> box for them.
IDLE does this when one runs code from the editor, because it
cannot/should not inject error messages into the editor buffer... AND it
replaces the ^ with red highlighting of the code pointed to. No
information is lost. Apparently, some beginners do not see the connection
between the SyntaxError box and the red highlighting. I think I should add
something to the box. Maybe 'The error was detected at the point of the red
> Instead, save your script (if you haven't yet) as a file
> Open a command line interpreter/shell.
> Navigate (cd ...) to where you saved the file
> Type "python whatever.py"
What a nuisance.
> Copy and paste the results of the CLI/Shell window.
Or one can hit F5 to run the code or Alt-X to just check the syntax. A beginner
should do this every few lines, and it should be as easy as possible to check.
If one needs to ask about a syntax error, one can copy the code up and
including the highlighted part. Example:
"When I run this code in IDLE
def is_same(target, number:
I get a SyntaxError at 'if'."
If the OP had known to do this, the error might have been seen without posting.
Terry Jan Reedy
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