[Tutor] Can't figure out syntax error

Dan Schellenberg schellenberg at gmail.com
Fri Jun 10 03:42:59 CEST 2005

Phew -- thanks, Ziyad.  That did the trick all right.  In my 
frustration to figure out the problem, I just began explicitly 
type-casting as many variables as I could, and missed the fact that I 
had done the same to this as well.

Thanks again,

On 9-Jun-05, at 7:32 PM, ZIYAD A. M. AL-BATLY - zamb at saudi.net.sa wrote:

> On Thu, 2005-06-09 at 18:16 -0600, as.20.schellenberg at spamgourmet.com
> wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I'm in the process of learning Python, and need some help deciphering
>> the reason why the following code doesn't work:
> <snip>
>>     int(num) = int(num) / 2  # this is integer division, so we 
>> truncate the decimal part
> Here's your problem!  "int(num)" will try to interpret "num" as an
> integer and return that (if possible) as an "int" object, but you're
> trying to assign it to the value of "int(num)/2" which doesn't make
> sense!
> What you want, probably, is:
> 	num = int(num) / 2
> Here, "num" will be assigned the value (object actually) of the
> resulting of "int(num)/2" which will be an object of type "int".
> Ziyad.
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