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2.5. Indenting Code

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Example 2.5. Indenting the buildConnectionString Function


def buildConnectionString(params):
    """Build a connection string from a dictionary of parameters.

    Returns string."""
    return ";".join(["%s=%s" % (k, v) for k, v in params.items()])

Code blocks are defined by their indentation. By "code block", I mean functions, if statements, for loops, Toe Boots Alfani Vandela2 Black Ankle Fashion Womens Almond Anthracite while loops, and so forth. Indenting starts a block and unindenting ends it. There are no explicit braces, brackets, or keywords. This means that whitespace is significant, and must be consistent. In this example, the function code (including the doc string) is indented four spaces. It doesn't need to be four spaces, it just needs to be consistent. The first line that is not indented is outside the function.

Example 2.6, “if Statements” shows an example of code indentation with Womens Anthracite Boots Black Ankle Almond Toe Fashion Alfani Vandela2 if statements.

Example 2.6. if Statements

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        return 1
This is a function named fib that takes one argument, n. All the code within the function is indented.
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Of course if and elseSpring Classic Mini Opal UGG Boot Women's Fire Perforated Unlined AXtp5qp blocks can contain multiple lines, as long as they are all indented the same amount. This else block has two lines of code in it. There is no other special syntax for multi-line code blocks. Just indent and get on with your life.

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Python uses carriage returns to separate statements and a colon and indentation to separate code blocks. C++ and Java use semicolons to separate statements and curly braces to separate code blocks.

Further Reading on Code Indentation