[Tutor] name is not defined error (fwd)

Danny Yoo dyoo at hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu
Sun Oct 29 18:43:04 CET 2006

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Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 12:33:58 -0500
From: Kristinn Didriksson <kdidriksson at gmail.com>
To: Danny Yoo <dyoo at hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Re: [Tutor] name is not defined error

Hi Danny,
Thanks :)
The program works now. I'll take a look at those threads.
Here is what the book says " This function (eval) takes any string and 
evaluates it as if it were a Python expression." I took that to mean that it 
would turn a sting into an integer. Oops.
it is a little confusing to get started, but lots of practice will change that.
Thanks for your help.

On Oct 29, 2006, at 12:15 PM, Danny Yoo wrote:

>> It is my understanding that eval turns a string into a number and then I can 
>> do math operations on it.
> Hi Kristinn,
> No, no, that's not what it does.  *grin*
> Where did you read about eval() from?  If you saw it in a beginner's 
> tutorial, tell us who the guilty party is so we can knock some sense into 
> that tutorial.
> Don't use eval(): it's "unsafe" in the sense that it does something much more 
> than what one might expect. I won't say too much more about it at the moment, 
> but if you're interested, see the threads:
>    http://mail.python.org/pipermail/tutor/2001-September/008967.html
>    http://mail.python.org/pipermail/tutor/2004-December/033828.html
> for examples.  Again, I have to say this again: don't use eval() unless you 
> really know what you're doing.
> Anyway, I think you're looking for the ord() function:
>    http://docs.python.org/lib/built-in-funcs.html#l2h-55
> Its inverse is the chr() function:
>    http://docs.python.org/lib/built-in-funcs.html#l2h-15
> Good luck!

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