[Tutor] Need help with a couple of concepts

Jason Stokes jstok@bluedog.apana.org.au
Sat, 4 Mar 2000 13:51:41 +1100

Gerrit Holl <gerrit@nl.linux.org>
><quote name="Robin B. Lake" date="952089204" email="rbl@hal.cwru.edu">
>> Long-time programming.  Understand most of the Python *language*.
>> Need help with some of the constructs to get a Python program going.
>> Running Python on a Mac G3.
>> 1.  Am modifying some code.  There is at the bottom:
>> if __name__ == '__main__':
>> main()
>> and after the imports:
>> def main():
>> What is this all about?
>If a Python program is run as a script, the value of the __name__
>variable is set to '__main__'; this is not executed if the program
>is imported as a Python module.

The purpose of this is to allow the same module to be used as a library, and
as an application with its own top level.  This is useful, for example, to
give library modules their own test routines defined inside the module.