[Tutor] NEWBIE QUEASTION ALERT - how to restart program?
Don Arnold" <firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri Dec 20 20:18:01 2002
----- Original Message -----
From: Ole Jensen
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2002 6:10 PM
Subject: [Tutor] NEWBIE QUEASTION ALERT - how to restart program?
Alright, as the subject says - Im not the most educated man in python (or
any other language), but I been going through some tutorials.
And as I have expanded the trials in order not to just copy and paste I was
wondering how it is possible to go back in the script/file in order to
restart certain section in order for the program not just to shut down...
This program has been modified from the area calculator found in the instant
hacking tutorial http://www.hetland.org/python/instant-hacking.php
If you run this program independently the window will close automaticly
after it has been run, now instead of just closing the window how would it
be possiple to re-run the program, e.g. in the first many you have a choice
of: 1 or 2. if the user presses any other key, the program will print "grow
up man... 1 or 2!!!" and shut down/close the window (given after waiting 5
seconds), now instead I would like the program to ask the question again...
how is that done...?
given it maight not be crutial, but I really would like to know how its
done. and finally I should say I have no understanding of how the loops work
(I've gone through tutorials about the FOR-loops and WHILE-loops but they
make no sense to me) so if loops are esantial to what i want to achive I was
wondering if any of you reading this could guide me to some very basic
walk-through's of loops
--- my reply: ---
Loops _are_ essential to what you are trying to do: repeatedly execute a
body of suite of code. Python has 2 flavors of loop. The 'for' loop is
designed to repeat a set number of times. It executes your loop body once
for each item in the given sequence:
>>> for number in (1,2,3,4,5):
print number, number * 5
The 'while' loop will execute its body as long as its condition is true.
It's an indefinite loop because it doesn't run a specific number of times.
Instead, some action inside the loop body eventually invalidates the loop
condition, causing it to terminate.
>>> from random import randint
>>> number = 0
>>> while number != 10:
number = randint(1,10)
This is exactly the behavior you want: you want to repeat the loop until the
user chooses to quit. You can do this by adding a 'quit' option to your main
menu and then moving the code that should repeat inside a 'while' loop:
# Import the sleep mode in order to display results before shut down
from time import sleep
#flag to see if we're done
done = 0
# Area calculator
print "WELCOME TO THE AREA CALCULATOR"
while not done:
print "Select a shape"
print "1: Quadrangle"
print "2: Circle"
print "3: Quit"
shape = input(">>>")
if shape == 1:
print "Is it a:"
print "1: square"
print "2: rectangle"
quad_shape = input(">>>")
if quad_shape == 1:
S = input("What is the lenght of any side?")
print "The area is",S**2
elif quad_shape== 2:
L = input("What is the lenght?")
W = input("What is the width?")
if L == W:
print "this not a rectangle moron!"
print "The area is",L*W
print "wrong key!!!"
elif shape == 2:
R = input("What is the radius?")
print "The area of the circle is:",R**2*3.14
elif shape == 3:
done = 1
print "Grow up man... 1, 2 or 3!!!"
## we fell out of the loop