[Tutor] Hello new to python and the mailing list, need some help

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at blueyonder.co.uk
Sun May 30 12:49:53 EDT 2004

Hi Kevin, welcome to Python.

There are several points to mke, only one of which 
actually resolves your problem :-)

> ...I want to write to a seperate line so that it will 
> print on the screen like this:

> here is the code that I did:
> NAME = raw_input("What is your name? ")
> AGE = raw_input ("What is your age? ")
> SEX = raw_input ("What is your sex? ")

First, by convention all uppercase letters are usually 
reserved for fixed values or constants. Its just a convention 
but a pretty well respected one. A mnore normal convention 
for variable names is to keep then lower case and capitalize 
any secondary words within the name., like this:


It doesn't change how the code works but makes it easier 
for other people to read your code.

> player = open("name.plr", 'w')
> player.write (NAME)

You are writing the data but the data has no newline at the end.
You need to add it. Unfortunately python files have a readline() 
method but no writeline() - for reasons which have always puzzled me!

To add the newline we use the character sequence:


so to write to the file you need to do:


> player = open("name.plr", 'r')
> line = player.readline()
> player.close()

This will only read one line of input, if you need to read the 
others you will either have to add multiple lines like the above 
or use a loop - which you may not have come across yet in whatever 
tutor you are following!


Alan G
Author of the Learn to Program web tutor

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