[Tutor] What's the invalid syntax? Code supplied

Terry Carroll carroll at tjc.com
Sat Aug 6 01:40:08 CEST 2005

On Fri, 5 Aug 2005, Nathan Pinno wrote:

> What's the invalid syntax? Here is the code:


My method when encountering a syntax error like this is to look at the 
part of my code that's generating the syntax error, and see what structure 
or function it's using.  Then find a program segment that does the 
same thing in a working program or tutorial.  Now that I've 
written a good number of working programs, I can usually find 
working examples in my own programs, but if not, I hit a python 

I think you'll find this more efficient than simply posting the error 
message and code to the Tutor list and asking for help; save the Tutor 
list for the really challenging problems.  You'll find you learn a lot 
more by taking a good whack at it yourself, first.

In your case you've already indicated the error is in this code:

> hand = {
>     '0' : ["Ace"]
>     '1' : ["Two"]
>     '2' : ["Three"]
>     '3' : ["Four"]
>     '4' : ["Five"]
>     '5' : ["Six"]
>     '6' : ["Seven"]
>     '7' : ["Eight"]
>     '8' : ["Nine"]
>     '9' : ["Ten"]
>     '10' : ["Jack"]
>     '11' : ["Queen"]
>     '12' : ["King"]
>     }

You're trying to initialize a dictionary.  So go find some examples of 
initializing a dictionary that work, compare them to your code, and see if 
you can see what's different about your code.

Good luck!

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